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PREFACE. 



The printing of the Journals of the Commissioners for 
Trade and Plantations, usually known as Board of Trade 
Journals, has been undertaken with two objects — to 
lighten the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial, and so 
accelerate its progress, and to provide a means of access 
to the original papers not yet calendared. 

As every letter received by the Commissioners was 
read at a meeting and noted in the Journal with all its 
enclosures, its place of deposit being indicated by a 
marginal note, any student interested in a particular sub- 
ject can by means of the Journal obtain references to 
every paper on the subject that came before the Board. 

It is' hoped that the publication of these Journals down 
to 1782, when the Board was dissolved, may be accom- 
plished in a reasonable time, many years before the 
Calendar of State Papers, Colonial, can be brought to 
that date. 

The cross references to folios in the Journals have been 
printed without alteration, as it was considered that 
the numbers given in square brackets at the top of each 
page would make these references at least as exact as 
ordinary page references. 

The present volume begins with the Journal marked I, 
previous Journals being included in the volumes of Calendar 
of State Papers, Colonial, already published. 



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CORRIGENDA. 



Page 9, line 1 (margin), " 1 " dropped in General. 
9, line 4, for December read December. 
40, line 8, for Seeretary read Secretary. 
193, line 29, for Triton's prize read Triton's Prize. 
254, line 15 from bottom, for Hadasyd read Handasyd. 
295, line 19 from bottom, for Answer to read Answer of. 
347 (margin), for Bardadoes read Barbadoes. 
349, line 21, for be acquainted read lie acquainted. 
399, line 6, for Dupont read Duport. 
440, line, 32, after ports insert (sic). 
462, line 6, for spaech read speech. 
502 (margin), for Lord Pearson read Lieutenant Pearson. 



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Journal of the proceedings of Her Majesty's 
Commissioners for promoting the trade of this 
Kingdom, and for inspecting and improving her 
plantations in America and elsewhere, from the third 
of Aprill, 1704, to the twenty-eighth of June, 1705. 



1704. 
April 3. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Mr. Cecill, 

Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to desire him to Plantations General, 
remind the Lord Treasurer of the representation of this Board of Coin. 

the 23rd of November last [H. fo. 286 ; fo. 44], which was referred 
to his lordship, relating to the rates of foreign coin in the plantations. 

Mr. Jennings attending again [H. fo. 468 ; fo. 9], their lordships Virginia. 

made a further progress in considering the Virginia bills. BiUa. 



April 4. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance [H. fo. 467 ; fo. 5] inclosing 
a copy of paragraph B of Sir Bevil Granville's letter of 12th of 
January last recommending Captain Hayes to be ingineer there, 
was signed. 

A representation, offering to her Majesty that a charter be 
granted to Mr. Byfeild and others [H./o. 463 ;/o. 4.20] for importing 
naval stores from Carolina, was signed. 

A representation [H. fo. 463 ; fo. 33] upon the Order of Councill 
of the 18th of November last [H. fo. 364] upon the petition of 
Edward Jones praying to be restored to his places in Bermuda, was 
signed. 

Then their lordships proceeded [fo. 41] upon the consideration 
of the Acts past at Jamaica in August, 1703, and made a progress 
therein. 

April 5. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Lord Dartmouth, 
Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Povey of the 4th instant by order of the lords of 
the committee of her Majesty's most honourable Privy Councill, 
desiring that the papers in this office relating to Commodore Walker's 
proceedings [fo. 16] the last year at the Leeward Islands be sent 
to him, in order to their being laid before the said committee, 
who are to hear the complaints against the said Walker to-morrow, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that Colonel Codrington's letter 
of the 8th August last [H. fo. 228] (the only paper in this office 

Wt. 16557.— H.T. Ltd.— 500. A 



Barbados. 

Captain Hayes 

recommended for 

engineer. 

Proprieties. 

Representation on 

Mr. Byfield's charter 

for naval stores. 

Bermuda. 

Representation on the 

petition of Edward 

Jones. 

Jamaica. 

Several Acts 
considered. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Mr. Povey 

about Commodore 

Walker. 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS 



p. 1-6. 



1704. 



Virginia. 

Naval stores. 



Bills. 



relating to the said Walker) be sent to Mr. Povey, with intimation 
that Colonel Codrington promised by his last letters to send in a 
short time to this Board an account of all things concerning 
his government. 

Mr. Jennings presented to their lordships a memorial [H. fo. 469] 
relating to the production of pitch and tar in Virginia, which was 
read. Then their lordships made a further progress in considering 
the Virginia bills, and upon the bill entituled an Act for continuance 
of several Acts therein named (in part) and some other Acts with 
additions, Mr. Jennings was desired to prepare the draughts of 
particular bills, in order to be re-enacted anew instead of the foresaid 
general bill refering to old laws. 



Miscellanies. 

Letter to the author of 
the Dayly Courant. 

New England 
Proprieties. 

Mr. Byfield 

and others attending. 

Naval stores. 

2.000Z. Security. 

New Jersey. 

Mr. Docminique's 
memorial. 



New England. 

Salary 
for Mr. Bridger. 



Barbados. 

Letter from Board of 

Ordnance about an 

ingineer. 

Plantations General. 

Instructions for 
privateers. 



Virginia. 

Complaints against 
Colonel Nicholson. 



April 6. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Lord Dartmouth, 
Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Bulkley [fo. 17] to desire 
to know where he had the copy of Colonel Handasyd's letter 
inserted in this day's Courant. 

Mr. Byfield and some members of the Pennsylvania Company 
attending, they were acquainted that their lordships had signed 
a representation upon the draught of a charter [fo. 2] proposed by 
them for importing naval stores from Carolina, and their lordships 
taking notice that the security of 1,000Z. which they offer, was 
too small, they said they would call a court this afternoon and 
endeavour to made it up [to] 2,000?. 

Mr. Docminique presented to their lordships [H. fo. 400] a 
memorial, relating to the advertisement in the Gazette of the 31st 
January last about taking up lands in New Jersey, which was 
read. 

A representation upon the Order of Councill of the 23rd of the 
last month [H. fo. 465 ; fo. 20] requiring this Board to consider 
of a salary for Mr. Bridger, lately imployed in procuring naval stores 
in New England, was signed. 

April 7. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from the Board of Ordnance in answer to one writ them 
the 4th instant [Jo. 2] upon an extract of Sir Bevil Granville's 
late letter relating to the want of an ingineer there, was read, and 
directions given [Jo. 8] for preparing an answer thereunto. 

The draught of instructions for privateers [H. fo. 440 ; fo. 7] 
which had been sent to the Earle of Nottingham the 15th of the 
last month, with the report of Councill thereupon, as also the 
draught of a declaration to be issued by her Majesty, being returned 
to the Board with directions that their lordships should reconsider 
the same, were read, and some progress made therein. 

April 10. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Ludwell and Mr. Fouace presented to the Board [fo. 7] 
an Order of Councill of the 30th of the last month, refering to 
their lordships the petition of six of the Councill of Virginia, 



I. 6-9.] 



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complaining against Colonel Nicholson, governour of that province, 
which was read. He further laid before their lordships a memorial 
signed by the foresaid six counsellors, containing the particulars 
of their said complaint ; and thereupon Colonel Ludwell was directed 
to bring on Wednesday, the 19th instant [fo. 9], such proofs as 
they have to make good their said complaints, and also the 
affidavits of such persons as may be in town, upon the same subject. 
Then their lordships proceeded further upon the draught of 
instructions [fo. 6] to be given to privateers. 



1704. 



Viscount Weymouth, Lord Dart- 
Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 



April 11. Present : — Lord 
mouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that copies of the papers mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes [Jo. 6] to be received from Colonel Ludwell and Mr. Fouace 
against Colonel Nicholson, be sent to Mr. Thrale. 

Their lordships again proceeding [fo. 6, 11] in the consideration 
of the instructions to be given to privateers, and some difficulties 
arising thereupon, their lordships gave directions for writing to 
Mr. War for an explanation thereof. 

April 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance [fo. 5, 21] in answer to theirs 
of the 4th instant, relating to an ingineer for Barbados, was 
signed. 

A petition from Mr. Jones, Provost Marshal of Bermuda, praying 
that the rents and profits of his place may be allowed him during 
his suspension, was read ; and thereupon ordered that in the 
next letter to be writ to Captain Bennet it be recommended to 
him to allow the said Jones one moyety of the said rents and profits 
during his suspension. 

A reference from the Earle of Nottingham of the 8th instant 
upon a petition from Mr. Leonard Compere, Receiver General of 
Jamaica, to her Majesty, praying that two Acts past at Jamaica 
in November last [fo. 35] intituled An Act for raising and appro- 
priating an additional duty and impost, and An Act for raising 
a revenue to her Majesty, &c. be repealed, was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that Mr. Compere have notice to attend their 
lordships on Thursday the 20th instant. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 30th of March, 1704, upon 
a representation of the same date, [H. fo. 463] approving two Acts 
of New Yorke relating to the English and French churches there, 
was read. 

Mr. Jennings attending, their lordships made a further progress 
[fo. 1, 10] in considering the Virginia Bills ; and upon occasion 
of the Bill entituled, An Act concerning the granting, seating and 
planting, and for settling the titles and bounds of lands, and for 
preventing unlawful shooting and ranging thereupon, Mr. Jennings 
was desired to consider and offer to their lordships on Wednesday 
next what he should think the best method for effectually seating 
lands in Virginia. 



Plantations General. 

Instructions for 
privateers. 



Virginia. 

Complaints. 



Plantations General. 
Instructions for 

privateers. 



Barbados. 

Ingineer. 

Letter to Board of 

Ordnance. 



Bermuda. 

Jones's petition. 



Jamaica. 

Compere's petitioyi. 



New Yorke. 

Order upon Acts. 



Virginia. 

Bills. 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS 



[1.9-12. 



1704. 



Virginia. 

Complaint. 



Virginia. 
Bills. 



April 19. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Lord Bishop 
of London, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Ludwell and Dr. Blair attending [Jo. 7], acquainted 
their lordships that they had not been able to get all the affidavits 
they expected relating to their complaints against Colonel Nicholson, 
by reason that Mr. Robert Beverly, Mr. Luke, Mr. James Walks 
and Captain James Moody were unwilling to appear voluntarily. 
Whereupon ordered [fo. 18] that those gentlemen be desired to 
give evidence upon oath of what they know relating to that matter, 
and to bring the same to this Board on Wednesday the 26th instant. 

A memorial from Mr. Thrale praying that he may have copies 
of such papers as are or shall be exhibited against Colonel Nicholson, 
in order to his making a reply thereunto, was read, and ordered 
that copies be given him accordingly. 

Their lordships proceeded upon the consideration of the Virginia 
Bills [fo. 9, 12] and upon that entituled A Bill concerning the 
church arid clergy and other parochial affairs. Dr. Blair was 
desired to make a draught of some clauses [fo. 13] to be 
added thereunto, and to offer the same to their lordships on 
Monday next. 



Plantations General. 

Instructions for 

privateers relating to 

Spaniards in 

America. 



Sent to ye Earle of 
Nottingham. 



Plantations General. 

Draught of a circular 

letter relating to 

prizes. 



April 20. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The secretary acquainted the Board [fo. 7, 22] that last Thursday 
he attended the lords of the Cabinet at the Earle of Nottingham's, 
in reference to the letter writ to Mr. War the 11th instant relating 
to the instructions to be given to privateers, and that the Earle 
of Nottingham then told him that their lordships understood the 
trade to be carried on with the Spaniards in America to be only 
as it was before the war, but that they did not understand that 
hostilities should cease, except that the Spaniards should not be 
molested on land. Whereupon their lordships altered the 
instructions for privateers accordingly, and signed a letter to 
the Earle of Nottingham inclosing the same to his lordship. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes [H. fo. 430] of yesterday's date, 
inclosing the draught of a circular letter for her Majesty's signature 
to the several governours in America relating to prizes, was read ; 
and some difficulties arising thereupon [fo. 19], a letter was writ 
by the secretary to her Majesty's advocate general for his opinion 
therein. 



Virginia. 
Bills. 



April 21. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Mr. Cecill, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships made a further progress in considering the 
Virginia Bills [fo. 10, 13], and Mr. Jennings presented to their 
lordships two clauses to be added to the Bill entituled An Act 
concerning the granting, seating and planting, and for settling the 
titles and bounds of lands, and for preventing unlawfull shooting 
and ranging thereupon, which were read and approved, and ordered 
to be added to the said Bill accordingly. 



I. 13-15.] 



FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



April 24. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth. Lord Bishop 
of London, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. PoUexfen. 

Mr. Commissary Blair presented to their lordships some clauses 
[fo. 10, 12, 14] in pursuance of the minutes of the 19th instant 
relating to Jus devolutum and to the trying of ministers for any 
crimes by them committed, to be added to the Bill concerning 
the church, clergy and other parochial affaires in Virginia, which 
were read, and ordered to be added accordingly. 

And upon the Bill for the more effectual suppression of vice and 
restraint and punishment of blasphemous, luicked and dissolute 
persons. Mr. Blair was further desired to prepare a clause for 
preventing the prophanation of the Lord's day. 

Ordered that the Bills entituled An Act for the better securing 
the liberty of the subject. An Act for limitation of actions and avoid- 
ing of suits. And An Act for establishing the county courts, for 
regulating and settling the proceedings therein, and directing the 
manner of granting probates of wills and administrations of intestates' 
estates, be sent to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General for 
his opinion in point of law [fo. 68]. 

April 25. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Lord Dart- 
mouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Lowndes inclosing copies of two Bills of Virginia 
[fo. 13, 18, 94], viz : — An Act for preventing frauds in the Customes 
and in clearing of ships, for ascertaining collectors and naval officers' 
fees, and to prohibit the casting of ballast into rivers and creeks, and 
An Act for improving the staple of tobacco, and for regulating the 
size and tare of tobacco hogsheads, and desiring him to move the 
Lord High Treasurer that this Board may have the opinion of 
the Commissioners of the Customes thereupon. 

A letter from Sir Bevil Granville of the 6th of February last, 
was read. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 5th of March last was 
read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, 
viz : — 

Letter from Mr. Lewis to Colonel Handasyd, containing proposals 
for a settlement in the Bay of Campeachy. 

List of prizes taken and condemned in Jamaica from 4th May, 
1702, to the 1st March, 170f . 

Minutes of Councill from 7th December, 1703, to the 1st March, 
170|. 

Accounts of her Majesty's revenue from the 29th September, 
1702, to the 29th September, 1703. 

Ordered that a copy of the foregoing letter be sent to 
Mr. Burchett to be laid before his Royal Highness's Councill, and 
a copy of the list of prizes to Mr. Lowndes to be laid before the 
Lord High Treasurer, and further ordered that copy of paragraph 
B in the foresaid letter relating to the settlement of a Governour 
in the Bay of Campeachy, as also the letter from Mr. Lewis to 



1704. 



Virginia. 

Bills. 



Three Bille to be sent 

to Mr. Attorney 

General. 



Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes 
with two Bills. 



Barbados. 

Letter jrom the 
Governor. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from the 
Governor. 

Publick papers. 



Letters to be v:rit to 
Mr. Burchett, 
Mr. Loivndes. 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1.15-18. 



1704. 

Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from the 
Governor. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from the 

Governor about the 

expedition to Guarda- 

loupe, and proceedings. 

Another letter from 
Colonel Codrington. 



Publick papers. 



Letter to Mr. Gary 

about Governor 1 8 

salary. 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes 
with account of prizes. 

Letter to Mr. Burchett 

with an account of 

Lord High Admirals 

tenths. 

Miscellanies. 

Sir Bartholomew 

Gracedieu and Mr. 

Bulkley about 

printing Colonel 
Handasyd s letter. 



Colonel Handasyd thereupon, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges, 
and their lordships signed a letter inclosing the same accordingly. 

A letter from Colonel Codrington of . . . was read, and their 
lordships resolved to take into consideration at the first opportunity 
the Act therein refer'd to intituled An Act for establishing courts 
and settling due methods for the administration of Justice [fo. 20], 
past at Antegoa the 8th of February, 170|. 

A letter from Colonel Codrington of the 6th of February relating 
to the expedition to Guarda Loupa, as also the proceedings of 
the Court Martials [fo. 3, 17, 22] therein refer'd to, were read, 
and ordered that copy of the said letter be sent to the clerke of 
the Councill in waiting. 

A letter from Colonel Codrington of the 14th of February last 
was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the 
Board, viz : — 

Account of his Royal Highness the Lord High Admiral's tenths 
of prizes condemned at Nevis since 28th July, 1702. 

Mr. John Parry's account of prizes taken and condemned at 
Antegoa since the warr. 

Answer of the Assembly to Colonel Codrington's speech made 
to them before the Councill. 

And thereupon ordered that Mr. Cary be acquainted with what 
he writes relating to his salary. 

And further ordered that a copy of the account of prizes 
condemned at Antegoa be sent to Mr. Lowndes. 

And copy of the account of his Royal Highness's tenths be sent 
to Mr. Burchett for the information of his Royal Highness's 
Councill. 

The secretary acquainted the Board that in pursuance of his 
letter to Mr. Bulkley [fo. 4] publisher of the Daily Courant, inquiring 
where he had the copy of Colonel Handasyd's letter inserted in the 
Courant of the 6th instant, Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu had been 
here with the said Bulkley and had acquainted him that, Captain 
Gardner having given him a copy of that letter, he had given it to 
be printed. 



Leeward Islands. 

Account of Officers &c. 
killed at Guardaloupa. 



Virginia. 

Bill presented 

to the Board by 

Mr. Jennings to be 

transcribed. 



April 26. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Blathwayt communicated to the Board an account of all 
the officers and soldiers [jo. 16] that have been killed, wounded, 
deserted and taken prisoners at Guardaloupa from 12 March, 
170 § to the 6th of May following, also the number of officers and 
soldiers remaining. 

Mr. Jennings presented to their lordships the draughts of two 
Bills [fo. 14, 21] entituled An Act for confirming titles to town lands 
and An Act directing the building the capitol and the city of Williams- 
burgh, which are to be in lieu of a Bill in the booke of Virginia 
Bills [fo. 176] entituled An Act for continuance of several Acts therein 
named in part and some other Acts with additions. 

He further presented to their lordships four other Bills entituled 
An Act to confirm the naturalization of Joshua Moulder and others. 



I. 18-21.] 



FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



An Act for ascertaining the bounds of several counties. An Act 
for naturalization, and An Act for laying an imposition upon skinns 
and furrs for the better support of the colledge of William and Mary, 
which are to serve in lieu of the Bill (in the booke of Virginia Bills, 
folio 204) entituled An Act for continuing several Acts therein named. 
Ordered thereupon that the said Bills be transcribed faire. 

Mr. Commissary Blair, Mr. Stephen Fouace, Mr. Robert Beverly, 
Mr. James Wallace and Mr. George Luke [fo. 10, 21] presented to their 
lordships in pursuance of the minutes of the 19th instant their 
respective affidavits relating to the complaint exhibited against 
Colonel Nicholson, whereupon they were directed, if they designed 
to make use of any other evidence or papers at the hearing to be 
appointed, that they bring the same to their lordships on Fryday 
morning next. 

April 27. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Lord Dart- 
mouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Sir John Cook, her Majesty's Advocate General, in 
answer to one written him the 20th instant for his opinion [fo. 12, 46] 
upon a clause in the draught of a letter then received from 
Mr. Lowndes for her Majesty's signature to the several Governours 
in America relating to prizes, was read, and their lordships there- 
upon gave directions for a letter to be writ to Mr. Lowndes inclosing 
the same, in order to clearing a doubt arising upon the said draught. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 20th instant upon a 
representation of the 4th ditto relating to a charter to Thomas 
Byfield [Jo. 2] and others for importing naval stores from Carolina, 
&c, refering the said charter to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor 
General, was read [fo. 39]. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 20th instant, upon a 
representation of the 6th ditto relating to Mr. Bridger's salary 
[fo. 5], refering the same to the Lord Treasurer, was read. 

Letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford signifying that Mr. Nicholas 
Hallam is able to give their lordships a full account of his affaires 
at Surinam and desiring their lordships to examin him on oath 
thereupon, was read. Whereupon ordered that, in answer there- 
unto, the secretary write to Mr. Clifford that if he think the said 
Hallam can say anything in his behalf, he would do well to get 
his affidavit thereof before a master in chancery. 

The Act for establishing of courts, and settling due methods for 
the administration of justice in Antegoa [fo. 16], mentioned in the 
minutes of the 25th instant, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that it be sent to Mr. Attorney or Mr. Sollicitor General for his 
opinion in point of law [fo. 207]. 



1704. 



Virginia. 

Commissary Stair's 
and others affidavits 
against the Governor. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Sir John 

Cooke relating to 

prizes. 



Carolina. 

Copy of an Order of 
Council upon a repre- 
sentation about charter 

for importing naval 
stores. 

New England. 

Copy of an Order of 
Council on represen- 
tation about Mr. 
Bridger's salary. 

Miscellanies. 

Letter from 

Mr. Clifford about 

Mr. Hallam' s being 

able to give an account 

of his affaires. 

Answer. 



Leeward Islands. 

Act for settling 

courts of justice 

at Antego. 



April 28. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges inclosing a draught of a com- 
mission for the Commodore of the Newfoundland convoy, to 
command the fort and soldiers there during his stay, as also the 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

with comynission for 

the Commodore. 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS 



I. 21-24. 



1704. 



Virginia. 

Complaints. 



Barbados. 

Engineer. 
Ordnance Report. 

Virginia. 

Bills. 



Table of fees. 



Plantations General. 

Instructions 
for privateers. 



Leeward Islands. 

Journal about expedi- 
tion to Guardaloupa 
to be copied. 

Virginia. 

Mr. Blair's affidavit 

against Colonel 

Nicholson. 

Captain Moody's 
affidavit. 



Barbados. 

Letter to the agents 
about stores. 

Letter to the Qovernour. 



New England. 

Bridget. 
Naval stores. 



draught of another commission for the captain of the soldiers 
to command in cheif in the absence of the Commodore, was signed. 

Colonel Ludwell, Mr. Blair, Robert Beverley and others presented 
[fo. 18, 23] to their lordships several letters to inforce their 
complaints against Colonel Nicholson, with the affidavits of 
Mr. Fouace and Mr. Beverley thereunto. Whereupon ordered 
that the said letter be communicated to Mr. Thrale. 

Copy of the report from the Board of Ordnance [fo. 8] to her 
Majesty relating to an engineer for Barbados, was communicated 
to the Board by Mr. Blathwayt, and read. 

Their lordships proceeded further in considering the Virginia 
Bills [fo. 18, 29], and Mr. Jennings was desired to alter the preamble 
of the Bill for establishing county courts, and to make it conformable 
to the present constitution. 

Ordered that when these Bills are returned to Virginia, Colonel 
Nicholson be directed to endeavour to have a table of fees for all 
offices settled by Act of Assembly. 

May 1. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Mr. Cecill, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The instructions for privateers [fo. 11] being received back 
from Mr. Secretary Hedges, with his desire that the alterations 
made by the Board should be only as additional instructions, and 
not inserted in the body of the former instructions. Ordered 
that it be done accordingly, and directions were given for preparing 
a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges thereupon [fo. 24]. 

Captain Walker's journal of the proceedings at Guardaloupa, 
being communicated to the Board from the Councill Office, ordered 
that a copy thereof be taken. 

Mr. Commissary Blair presented to their lordships his further 
affidavit against Colonel Nicholson [fo. 21, 30], relating to the 
clergy, the college and himself. He also presented to their lordships 
Captain James Moody's affidavit, which were ordered to be communi- 
cated to Mr. Thrale, who was directed to bring his answer to the 
whole complaints, so far as he is able, in writing on Thursday 
morning next. 

May 2. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Mr. Cecill, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to the agents of Barbados 
[fo. 38], inquiring what has been done in reference to the stores 
of war for Barbados. 

The draught of a letter to Sir Bevill Granville, Governour of 
Barbados, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Mr. Bridger presented to their lordships a memorial [H. fo. 428], 
offering to import 14,000 barrells of pitch and tar from New 
England in five years, the pitch at twenty-three shillings per 
hundred and the tar at thirty-six shillings per barrill, which was 
read. Whereupon he was acquainted that no contract could 
be made to tye her Majesty to take the said stores, but that, if 
upon the importation they appear to be good in their kind, there 
was no doubt but the Navy Board would make use thereof. 



I. 24-26.] 



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A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the additional 
instructions to be given to privateers [fo. 22, 326], as directed 
in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley [fo. 42] of the 19th of Deecmber last, 
was read, and the minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 27th 
May, 1702, to the 19th November, 1703, relating to the rebuilding the 
fort at Pemaquid and to salaries for the Governour, Lieutenant 
Govemour &c. therein refer'd to, was laid before the Board. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the Secretary, dated the 3rd of 
January last, inclosing the following papers, was read, viz. : 

List of fines and forfeitures in New Hampshire for seven years 
ending December, 1702. 

Act relating to the inhabitants doing military service in equal 
proportion, and for raising money for a stock of provisions to be 
in each town ready for a march against the enemy. 

A list of causes tryed at the inferior court at New Hampshire. 

Minutes of Councill and Assembly from 2nd September, 1703, to 
the 11th December following. 

Minutes of Councill from 22nd October, 1703, to the 22nd December 
following. 

Account of several causes in the court of New Hampshire. 

List of causes tryed in the Admiralty court held in the 
Massachusets Bay from the 20th August, 1703, to December 
following. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the Secretary, dated the 3rd of 
March last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before 
the Board, viz. : 

Copy of Colonel Dudley's speech to the Assembly of New Hamp- 
shire, relating particularly to Mr. Allen's title to waste lands, 
February the 20th, 170|. 

Copy of the Assembly of New Hampshire's answer to Colonel 
Dudley's speech of the 20th February &c., February 21st, 170J. 

Journal of Major Hilton's march against the enemy Indians, 
from 9th February, 170 J, to the 23rd ditto. 

A letter from Mr. Addington, secretary of the Massachusets Bay, 
dated the 27th of December last, was read, and the papers therein 
refer'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows : — 

Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 10th March, 170f, 
to the 27th ditto. 

Minutes of the Councill from the 14th September, 1702, to the 
25th of February, 170|. 

Minutes of the Councill from the 4th March 
following. 

Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 26th May, 1703, to 
the 31st July following. 

Four Acts past at a General Assembly held in March, 1702. 

Six Acts past at a General Assembly held in May, 1703. 

An Act for reversing the attainder of Abigal Faulkner and others 
past at a General Assembly held the 26th May, 1703. 

Five Acts past at a General Assembly held in May, 1703. 



1704. 

Plantations Genera . 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 

Instructions 

to prii'ateers. 

Massachusets Bay. 
Letter from the 
Governour, with 

minutes relating to 
Pemaquid. 

New Hampshire. 

Letter 

from Colonel Dudley 

to the Secretary. 

Publick papers. 



170f, to the 14th May 



Massachusets. 

Letter 

from the Governour 

to the Secretary. 

Public papers. 



Letter 

from Mr. Addington 

to the secretary. 

Public papers. 



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[I. 26-29. 



1704. 



Massachusets. 

Letter from 

Mr. Addington to the 

secretary. 

New Hampshire. 

Letter from Lieutenant 
Oovernour. 



Papers of publick 
proceedings. 



New Yorke. 

Letter from the 
Oovernour. 



Plantations General. 

Letters. 



Virginia. 

Bills. 



Letter to Mr. Attorney 

General for the 

Virginia laws in his 

hands. 

Newfoundland. 

Heads of inquiry. 



Four Acts past at a General Assembly held in May, 1703. 

List of the causes heard in the several courts of the province of 
the Massachusets Bay from 28th September, 1703, to the 
30th November following. 

A letter from Mr. Addington, secretary of the Massachusets Bay, 
dated the 4th of March last, inclosing the minutes of the Councill 
of that province from the 20th May, 1703, to the 21st of October 
following, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Usher, Lieutenant Oovernour of New Hampshire, 
to the Board, dated the 30th of December last, was read, and the 
papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, which are as 
follows : — 

Copys of several letters from Mr. Usher, Lieutenant Govemour 
of the province of New Hampshire, to Colonel Dudley, with 
Colonel Dudley's answer, relating to the state of the said province 
&c. 

Mr. Usher's account of the present state of the government of 
New England &c. 

Copy of Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General's opinion relating 
to warrants issued out for raising money by Mr. Usher, Receiver 
General of New England in 1686, dated 2nd December, 1689. 

Minute of Councill in Assembly of 13th July, 1696, relating to 
Mr. Usher's management of affaires. 

Some minutes of Councill in September, 1696, and November, 
1703, relating to Captain Walton, formerly commander of the 
fort, and Captain Hinks, put in by the Earle of Bellomont. 

Letter from Captain Walton to Mr. Usher about Captain Hinks's 
refusing to deliver the fort to him upon Mr. Usher's warrant &c. 

John Hornabrooks' account of the Indian enemy's cruelty &c. 
since they broke the peace. 

An account of stores belonging to the Fort William and Mary in 
1696. 

An account of mony issued out of her Majesty's revenue since 
the year 1698, by order of Mr. Partridge, late Lieutenant Oovernour 
of New Hampshire. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury, dated the 18th of December 
last, was read. 

May 3. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The drafts of letters to Colonel Codrington, Colonel Handasyd 
and Captain Bennet were agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Mr. Jennings presented to their lordships a clause [fo. 21, 31] 
to be added instead of the preamble to the Bill for establishing the 
general court and for regulating and settling the proceedings therein, 
which was read and ordered to be added accordingly. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General to 
desire his speedy report upon the Acts of Virginia sent him the 28th 
of May last. 

Ordered that the usual heads of inquiry [fo. 98] with the 
additional instructions be sent to Mr. Burchet to be given to the 
Commodore of the Newfoundland convoy. 



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11 



May 4. Present : — Lord Viscount Weymouth, Mr. Cecill, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of this day requiring the Board to write 
to the Governour of Barbados to examin the proceedings of the 
president and Councill of that island in not sending 
Colonel Codrington notice of Commodore Walker's being arrived 
there, was read, and a letter to Sir Bevil Granville was accordingly 
writ and signed. 

Letters to the Governours of Barbados, Jamaica and the Leeward 
Islands were signed. 

Mr. Thrale presented to their lordships his answer to the com- 
plaints [fo. 23, 41] exhibited by Mr. Blair and others against 
Colonel Nicholson, Governour of Virginia, which was read, and 
ordered that a copy be given to Mr. Blair for their reply. And 
Mr. Blair, complaining that Colonel Nicholson does preside and 
act in the uper house of Assembly, which he conceived he ought 
not to doe, he was directed to state his question in writing, and 
their lordships would resolve thereupon. 

Mr. Bridger presented to their lordships a proposal for producing 
pott-ashes in the plantations, praying that he and those concerned 
with him may have a patent exclusive of others, for carrying on of 
that undertaking, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said 
proposal be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion whether 
her Majesty may grant such exclusive patent or no. 

May 5. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Blair presented to their lordships a clause [fo. 29, 94] for 
preventing the prophanation of the Lord's day to be added to the 
Bill for the effectual sttppression of vice &c, with a proviso to be 
added at the end of the said Bill relating to thetryals of the clergy, 
and another clause to be added to the Bill concerning marryages 
relating to the marrying of servants. Which were read and ordered 
to be added accordingly. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Blair to desire of him a copy 
of the charter for the colledge in Virginia. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet signifying that the convoys for New- 
foundland are ready to saile, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston, desiring that the Lord Treasurer 
may be moved that the money for the soldiers in Newfoundland 
may be speedily issued, was read, and a letter writ to Mr. Lowndes 
accordingly. 

Another letter from Mr. Thurston praying that his Royal Highness 
the Lord High Admiral may be moved for directions to the com- 
manders of the Newfoundland convoy to receive on board the 
money, cloathes, medicines &c. for the soldiers there, was read, 
and a letter writ to Mr. Burchet accordingly. 



1704. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Sir Bevil 

Granville about 
Commodore Walker. 



Jamaica, 
Letters I Barbados, 
to j Leeward 
Islands. 

Virginia. 

Mr. Thrale's answer 

to complaints. 



New England. 

Bridger' s proposals 
about pot-ashes. 



Virginia. 

Bills. 



Letter to Mr. Blair 

for the charier of the 

college. 

Newfoundland. 

Departure of convoys. 

Letter from Mr. 

Thurston about mony 

for soldiers at 

Newfoundland. 

Newfoundland. 

Mony. cloathes, &c. 
to be sent. 



May 8. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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[I. 32-35. 



1704. 
Plantations General 
and New England. 

This Board to attend 

a committee of Council 

on Thursday about 

naval stores. 



Virginia. 

Jennings. 
Naval stores. 



Bermuda. 

Copy of an Order of 

Council for Mr. 

Jones's re-admission 

into his places. 

New Hampshire. 

Three letters from 
Mr. Usher. 

Massachusets. 

Letter from the 

Governour to the 

secretary. 

Leeward Islands. 

Attorney General's 

report on two Acts of 

Nevis. 

Representation to be 
drawn thereupon. 



New Jersey. 

Letter from Colonel 

Quary about pro- 
ceedings of Assembly. 



Leeward Islands. 

Draught of a repre- 
sentation upon two 
acts of Nevis. 
Pennsylvania. 
Mr. Penn about the 
affaires of that 
government. 



Jamaica. 

Acts. 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of yesterday's date signifying 
that the Lords of the Committee of Councill desire to speak with this 
Board on Thursday next in relation to the production of naval 
stores in the plantations [fo. 40], was read, and thereupon ordered 
that the papers in this office be lookt out in order to the preparing 
an abstract to tbe laid before their lordships. 

Mr. Jennings attending, his memorial [fo. 40] relating to the 
production of pitch and tar in Virginia was again read, unto which 
he added that if Colonel Nicholson was directed to give all 
incouragement possible for the producing the said stores out of 
green trees and not such as are fallen (in those counties which 
are not proper for tobacco), and if there could be any assurance 
thai the said stores would be taken off here in England, he did 
not doubt but great quantities might be produced there. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 20th April last upon the 
representation of the 4th ditto offering that Mr. Jones, Provost 
Marshall and Secretary of Bermuda [fo. 2] be restored to his said 
places from which he had been suspended, was read. 

Three letters from Mr. Usher, two of the 19th of January, and 
one without date, were read. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary, of the 
28th of December last, was read. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon two Acts [H. fo. 450] past 
at Nevis the 23rd of October last, as also the said Acts were read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a representation be drawn [fo. 34] 
to offer the said Acts to her Majesty for her Royal approbation. 

May 9. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sr Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Colonel Quary, dated at Perthamboy in New Jersey 
the 20th of December last, relating to the proceedings of the 
Assembly of that province, was read ; and their lordships agreed 
to take that letter into further consideration when they shall hear 
from the Lord Cornbury in relation to that province. 

The draught of a representation [fo. 33, 35] upon two Acts 
past at Nevis in October last was agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

Mr. Penn attending, and assuring their lordships that he had 
given and would give further directions to his deputy governour 
and his other friends in Pennsylvania, that they take care of her 
Majesty's revenue, and that the Acts of trade and navigation be 
duly observed and justice impartially administred, and thereupon 
desiring that their lordships would write to Colonel Quary advising 
him to live peaceably and amicably with the government there, 
and not to give them any unnecessary molestation, their lordships 
ordered that the draught of such a letter be prepared [v. infra]. 

Their lordships took into consideration the Acts past at Jamaica 
in November last [fo. 8, 36] and made some progress therein. 

May 10. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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The secretary acquainting their lordships that Mr. Attorney 
General made some difficulty in giving his opinion upon the laws 
of the plantations [H. fo. 288] without the agents attending upon 
him to pay him fees, ordered that Mr. Borrett [fo. 37] be acquainted 
that their lordships desire to speak with him. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Quary [v. supra, fo. 36 (sic), 
rectius 34] as ordered in yesterday's minutes, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 

A representation upon two Acts [fo. 34, 67] past at Nevis in 
October last, was signed. 

A letter from Sir William Mathew, signifying that he, with the 
rest of the West India fleet are put back to Plymouth, was read. 

The accounts of the revenue of New Yorke from the 31st of July, 
1703, to the 29th of September following, being now received, were 
laid before the Board. 



1704. 
Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Bonett. 
Laws. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter to Colonel 
Quary. 

Leeward Islands. 

Representatioyi upon 
two Acts of Nevis. 

Letter from Sir 
William Mathew. 

New Yorke. 

Accounts of the 
revenue. 



May 11. Present: — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Colonel Quary [fo. 35], in pursuance of the minutes of 
the 9th instant, was signed and one copy thereof ordered to be 
sent to Mr. Wilcox, Colonel Quary's agent, for conveyance. 

Their lordships made a further progress in the Acts past at 
Jamaica in November last [Jo. 35]. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General to desire 
his speedy report [fo. 35, 37] upon the laws of the plantations, 
and particularly those of Virginia in his hands [H. fo. 136 ; 
L. fo. 189]. 

May 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
M. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Borret attending according to order [fo. 35], and being asked 
why Mr. Attorney General's report on the Acts of the plantations 
was not dispatched, he said there was some difficulties in relation 
to his fees, and promised to put the same in writing and attend 
their lordships therewith. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Bridger [fo. 38] for an account 
of the price of pitch, tar, &c. in Norway and the east countrys, and 
that which is made in the plantations, also the freight from the 
said places in time of peace and war. 

Then their lordships took into consideration the Acts of the 
Massachusets Bay, from the 12th February, 170^, to the 28th May, 
1701, and made some progress therein. 

May 15. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Bridger, in answer to one writ him the 
12th instant [fo. 37, 40] relating to the freight of pitch, tar &c. 
from Sweden, Denmark and from the plantations, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Bridger, in answer to one writ him the 2nd instant 
[fo. 23] inquiring what progress was made in procuring the stores 
of war for Barbados, was read. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter to Colonel 
Quary. 

Jamaica. 

Acts. 

Plantations General. 
Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Attorney 

General for report on 

the laws. 



Plantations General. 

Mr. Borret about 
plantation laws. 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Bridger 
for the price, freight 
dbc. of pitch, tar dkc. 

New England. 
Acts under con- 
sideration. 



Trade. 

Plantations General. 

New England. 

Naval stores. 

Barbados. 

Stores. 



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[I. 38-41. 



1704. 
Leeward Islands. 

Petition of Peter 
Van Bell. 



Jamaica. 

Revenue Act. 

Acts to be reported. 



An order of Councill of the 9th of March last, upon the petition 
of Peter Van Bell relating to some negroes of his that had been 
seized at St. Christopher's in 1698, praying that the Govern our of 
the Leeward Islands may be directed to transmit the proceedings of 
the Admiralty court of Nevis, where he had been cast, in order 
to the hearing the appeal before her Majesty in Councill, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said petition be sent to 
Mr. Attorney General for his opinion [fo. 54] whether her Majesty 
may hear the said appeal in Councill and direct the proceedings 
of the Admiralty court there to be transmitted for that purpose. 

A memorial from Mr. Compere [fo. 8, 43] relating to the Act for 
settling the revenue at Jamaica, as also the said Act, was read. 

Their lordships gave directions for preparing a report upon the 
Acts past at Jamaica from the 17th March, 170J, to the 
2nd November, 1703. 



May 16. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A copy of Commodore Walker's journal [fo. 22] relating to the 
expedition to Guardaloupe, being now made, was laid before the 
Board. 

Mr. Byfield and others of the Pennsylvania company attending, 
acquainted their lordships that Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor 
General [fo. 20, 193] made difficulties in relation to the charter 
for importing pitch and tar from Carolina, and presented to their 
lordships the queries made by Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General 
thereupon, with their answers thereunto, which were read. 

M. Perry and other Virginia merchants attending [fo. 32, 69] 
and being asked what might be the freight of pitch and tar from 
Virginia, they answered that it might be now about 81. per ton, 
that freight from the Baltick in times of peace was about 21. per ton 
and about 61. per ton in time of war. 

Their lordships agreed the draught of a report to the Lords of the 
Committee of Councill relating to naval stores [Jo. 32, 43] and 
ordered the same to be transcribed. 

May 17. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Bridger attending [Jo. 38] was desired to give their lordships 
in writing an account of the price here of pitch and tar brought 
from the Northern Crowns, and as near as he can to compute what 
may be the price of it in those countries, and what may be the 
freight of it from thence. 

A representation upon Acts [Jo. 2 ; H. fo. 460] past at Jamaica 
from 17th March, 1701, to the 2nd November, 1703, was signed. 

Colonli r Lu}weil &c Colonel Ludwell, Mr. Blair and others [fo. 30, 49] presented to 

Reply to Mr. Thraie's their lordships a reply to Mr. Thrales' answer to their complaints 

answer to their com- against Colonel Nicholson, which was read, and they were directed 

plain Gove 9 rnour ** to draw U P the substance of the material part of their compkint 

into short articles, upon which their lordships would take further 

resolutions. 



Leeward Islands. 

Journal about expedi- 
tion to Guardaloupe. 

Carolina. 

Mr. Byfield &c. about 
difficulties made to 
their charter by Mr. 

Attorney General &c. 



Virginia. 
Price of pitch and tar. 



Plantations General 
and New England. 

Report to the Com- 
mittee of Council 
about naval stores. 



Trade. 

Bridger, about price of 

pitch and tar from the 

Northern Crowns. 



Jamaica. 

Representation upon 
Acts. 



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May 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Secretary Harley [fo. 44] to 
acquaint him that being one of her Majesty's Principal Secretary's 
of State, he is one of the Commissioners of this Board, and that 
their lordships would be glad of his assistance when his other 
affaires will permit. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet relating to the map sent by 
Colonel Dudley from New England, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that a letter be writ to the Postmaster General to make 
inquiry about the said map. 

Ordered that copy of paragraph K in Colonel Dudley's letter 
of the 19th December last [fo. 24, 44] relating to ships of war for 
New England, be sent to Mr. Burchet for the information of his Royal 
Highness's Councill. and further ordered that copy of paragraph L 
in the said letter, relating to a descent upon Port Royal in Accadie, 
be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

Mr. Champante presented to their lordships a letter from 
Colonel Romer, ingineer in New England, dated at Boston the 
4th January last, desiring, by reason of his ill state of health, to 
come to England, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter 
be prepared to the Board of Ordnance [fo. 44] with the opinion of 
this Board that he be permitted to come home accordingly, and 
that another ingineer be sent for the service of New England, 
New Yorke and the neighbouring continent. And further ordered 
that the inscription refer'd to in his said letter for the castle at 
Boston, be sent to Colonel Dudley with the approbation of this 
Board. 

A representation upon an Act past in New Hampshire in October 
last [fo. 132] for obligeing the inhabitants to do military service 
and for raising money for a stock of provisions to be in each town 
ready for a march against the enemy, was signed. 

A report to the Lords of the Committee of Councill [fo. 40, 60] 
relating to the proceedings of this Board in reference to naval 
stores, and a letter transmitting the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, 
were signed. 

Ordered that a letter be prepared [fo. 39, 44] to transmit the 
Act of Jamaica for a publick revenue, to the Lord High Treasurer 
for his lordship's inspection before it be offered to her Majesty 
for her royal assent. 

A memorial from Mr. Thrale (presented to their lordships some 
while ago) relating to stores of war for New Yorke, was read. 

May 19. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A report from the Lord High Treasurer [fo. 1, 47] to her Majesty 
upon a report from the officers of the Mint to his lordship relating 
to the rates of foreign coyn in the plantations, being communicated 
to the Board, was read, and a copy thereof ordered to be taken. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley [fo. 41] as directed in yesterday's 
minutes, was signed. 



1704. 



Miscellanies. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Harly about his being 

of this commission. 



New England. 

Letter from 

Mr. Burchet about a 

map sent from 

Colonel Dudley. 

Extract of Colonel 
Dudley's letter about 
ships of war sent to 

Mr. Burchet. 
Extract of the fore- 
going letter about a 
descent on Port Royal, 
sent to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges. 

Letter from Colonel 
Romer for leave to 
return to England. 

Letter to the Board of 
Ordnance thereupon. 



New Hampshire. 

Representation upon 
an Act for obliging 
the inhabitants to do 

military service. 

Plantations General 

and New England. 

Report to 

the committee about 

naval stores. 

Jamaica. 

Letter to the Lord 
Treasurer with an 
Act for a publick 

revenue &c. 

New Yorke. 
Stores of war. 



Plantations General. 

Copy of Lord Trea- 
surer's report about 
rate of foreign coin. 

Miscellanies. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Harley about his being 

of this commission. 



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[I. 44-47. 



1704. 
Jamaica. A letter to the Lord High Treasurer [fo. 43, 51] with the Act for 

A fo a Lo^dTrZ U urer nt settling a publick revenue at Jamaica, was signed. 

New England. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedged about descent 

on Port Royal &c. 

Letter to Board of 
Ordnance about Colonel 
Romer's coming home. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. Graggs 
with extract of a letter 
from Captain Loyd, 
about a privateer com- 
missioned by Colonel 
Codrington. 

Copy of the said 

extract sent to Colonel 

Dudley and Sir 

William Mathew. 



Massachusets. 

Acts. 



Plantations General. 

Letters. 



Plantations General. 

Prizes. 



Miscellanies. 

Letter to Mr. Uhamber- 

laine for copy of charter 

for Propagation of 

the Gosple. 

New Hampshire. 

Letter from Mr. Usher 

and papers. 

Letter from Mr. Story, 
secretary. 

New York, Maryland, 
New Hampshire 

Letters to Govemours. 
Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Newton. 
Coin. 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 42] inclosing paragraph L 
in Colonel Dudley's letter of the 19th of December last, relating 
to a descent upon Port Royal in Accadie, was signed. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance [fo. 42, 95] upon Colonel Romer's 
desire to come to England, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. James Craggs inclosing the extract of a letter 
from Captain Lloyd, dated at Newfoundland the 11th of October 
last relating to Captain George Bald, commander of a New England 
privateer commissionated by Colonel Codrington, who had 
plundered most of the inhabitants at Ferryland of their cloathes, 
money &c. was read ; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said 
extract be sent to Colonel Dudley, Govemour of New England, 
and to Sir William Mathew, Govemour of the Leeward Islands, with 
directions to make inquiry into that matter, and then proceed 
against him or his sureties as shall be found necessary. 

Their lordships took into consideration the Acts past in the 
Massachusets Bay from the 27th of May, 1702,- to the 15th of 
October following, and made some progress therein, and ordered 
that the Act for establishing a naval office, and for ascertaining 
the fees be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be communicated to the Com- 
missioners of the Customes, for their opinion thereupon. 

May 22. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The draughts of letters to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 47], 
Colonel Dudley, Mr. Usher [fo. 50] and Colonel Seymour, were 
agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes [fo. 19] of the 19th instant, with the 
draught of a letter for her Majesty's signature to the several 
Governours in America relating to prizes, was read, and ordered 
that copies [fo. 53] of the said letters be prepared to be sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges, in order to be laid before her Majesty. 

May 23. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. John Chamberlaine for a 
copy of the charter to the Society for Propagation of the Gosple 
in foreign parts, as also an account of their proceedings therein. 

A letter from Mr. Usher to their lordships of the 19th and one 
of the 25th of February last to the secretary, as also the papers 
therein refer'd to were laid before the Board. 

A letter from Mr. Story, secretary of New Hampshire, of the 
9th of March last, was laid before the Board. 

Letters to the Lord Cornbury, Colonel Seymour and Mr. Usher 
were signed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Newton [fo. 44, 50], to 
acquaint him that their lordships desire to speak with him on 
Fryday morning next, in relation to the proclamation to be issued 
for settling the rates of foreign coins in the plantations. 



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A letter from Mr. Jeronimy Clifford [fo. 54] inclosing his account 
currant relating to the damages sustained in his affaires at Surinam, 
was read, and thereupon ordered that the said account be sent 
to Mr. Samuel Shepherd, Mr. Jacob Oosterland and Mr. John 
Gardner for their report upon this, as upon his other papers sent 
them the 2nd of March last [H. fo. 428]. 

A letter from Mr. Sampson Sheaf, collector of the Customes in 
New Hampshire, dated the 28th of February last, was read, and the 
papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, viz. : — 

Copy of Colonel Romer's memorial to the Governour of the 
Massachusets Bay in relation to forts. 

Mr. Sheaf's answer to Mr. Wybird's memorial relating to the 
seizing of four baggs of cotton wooll imported into the province of 
New Hampshire. 

Account of what persons were killed and carryed away by the 
French and Indians from the 4th July to March 1st in New England. 

A letter from Mr. Ichabod Plaisted, deputy surveyor of the 
woods in New England, dated the 18th of December last, was 
read. 

May 24. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Lord Bishop of London desired that an Act past in the 
Massachusets Bay entituled An Act more effectually providing for 
the support of ministers, being an addition to the Act intituled 
An Act for the settlement and support of ministers and school masters, 
made in the fourth year of the reign of King William and Queen Mary 
may not be confirmed by her Majesty, until he be heard thereupon. 

Colonel Ludwell, Mr. Blair, Mr. Fouace and Mr. Beverley [fo. 41, 
58] presented to their lordships a paper entituled An abstract of 
the chief articles of Governour Nicholson's mal-administration in 
Virginia, with the proofs noted in the margin, which was read ; 
and their lordships entring into the examination of the said proofs, 
and finding that several of them were in general terms, the affidavits 
formerly presented to the Board by these gentlemen were returned 
to them, and they were desired to add to those general articles 
particular instances of the matters of fact they complain of. 

Ordered that the minutes of Council of Virginia during 
Colonel Nicholson's government be communicated to Mr. Blair, 
he being one of the Council! . 

Upon occasion of what is said in the foresaid complaints relating 
to the auditing of the publick accounts, ordered that Mr. Bird be 
acquainted [fo. 51] that their lordships desire to speak with him 
on Monday next in the afternoon. 



1704. 
Miscellanies. 

Letter from 

Mr. Clifford about 

his accounts. 



New Hampshire. 

Letter from 
collector of the customes 
and papers. 



New England. 

Letters from 

Mr. Plaisted, surveyor 

of the woods. 



New England. 

Bishop of London's 
caveat against an Act. 



Virginia. 

Complaints. 



May 26. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr.Blathwayt, 

Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Mr. Newton attending, [fo. 47, 51, 74] and being asked several Plantations General, 
questions in relation to the table of the weight and value of foreign Mr : Ne ) ut ° n a f e *f "# 

• iji ,-i (vi » i ■»«■■ spin relation to the 

coins, annexed to the report of the officers of the Mint to the rate f coin in the 
Lord Treasurer, he said that table was not intended to be inserted plantations. 

in the proclamation to be issued by her Majesty, but only to serve 
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[I. 50-53. 



1704. 



Massaehusets. 

Letter to the Govemour. 

Newfoundland. 

Salary for the 
minister there. 



Jamaica. 

Observations on the 
Revenue Act. 



as a guide for proportioning the value of the several species of coin 
in the plantations ; but as a Sevil piece of eight of 17 J dwt. is to 
pass at six shillings, in order to make that matter more plaine, he 
promised to bring a calculation [fo. 74] of the said species 
proportionate thereunto. 

A letter from the Board to Colonel Dudley [fo. 46], governour of 
the Massaehusets Bay, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston relating to the salary for the minister 
at Newfoundland, was read ; and thereupon ordered that it be 
taken into consideration when the Bishop of London shall be at 
the Board. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes [fo. 44, 52] with the Lord Treasurer's 
observations upon the Act for settling a publick revenue at Jamaica, 
was read. 



Virginia. 

Extracts of what 

relates to the auditor of 

Virginia in the 

complaints against 

Colonel Nicholson 

given to Mr. Bird. 

Plantations General. 

Order of Council upon 

the representation on 

foreign coin in the 

plantations. 



Jamaica. 

Revenue Act. 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes. 



Plantations General. 

Proclamation 
about foreign coines. 



Plantations General. 

Letters for 

her Majesty about 

prizes. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges thereupon. 

Trade. 

East India exports. 



May 29. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Bird attending according to order [fo. 49, 54], an extract 
was given him of the several papers relating to the complaint against 
Colonel Nicholson, which have any reference to the auditing the 
publick accounts of Virginia, and his answer desired thereunto ; 
but in case he is not able to answer fully to each particular, he was 
directed to transmit the same to his father for his reply. 

An Order of Council of the 18th instant [fo. 44, 50] upon the 
Lord Treasurer's report on a representation of this Board of the 
23rd November last, for settling the rates of foreign coynes in 
the plantations, directing Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General 
to prepare the draught of a proclamation, according to the said 
representation, being read, their lordships gave directions for 
preparing the rough draft of such a proclamation [v. infra] to be 
sent with the abovesaid order to Mr. Attorney General. 

May 30. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again taking into consideration the Act for 
raising a publick revenue in Jamaica [fo. 51, 84] and the Lord 
Treasurer's observations mentioned in the minutes of the 
26th instant thereupon, a letter was writ to Mr. Lowndes in answer 
to his inclosing the said observations. 

The draught of a proclamation [v. supra, fo. 74] for settling the 
rates of foreign coin in the plantations, as mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes, was agreed and ordered to be sent to Mr. Attorney 
General. 

May 31. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The draughts of the letters for her Majesty's signature [fo. 46, 106] 
to the several Governours in America relating to her Majesty's and 
the Lord High Admiral's share of prizes being now prepared 
according to the minutes of the 22nd instant, a letter transmitting 
the said draughts to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was signed. 

An Order of Councill of the 18th instant directing the following 
accounts of goods exported to the East Indies and others that shall 



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be returned to the Councill to be lodged in this office and made 
use of as the Board shall see occasion, was read. The accounts 
are as follows, viz. : — 

An account of goods exported by the new East India Company 
from the 29th of September, 1700, to the 29th September, 1701. 

Account of goods exported from the 29th September, 1702, to 
the 24th June, 1703. 

Account of goods exported between the 25th of June, 1703. and 
April, 1704. 

Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 38] in answer to a letter writ 
him the 16th of May upon the petition of Peter Van Bell, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that Mr. Delafaye [fo. 56] and the sollicitor 
for the said Van Bell have notice to attend the Board to-morrow 
morning. 

A letter from Mr. Samuel Allen, proprietor of New Hampshire, 
of the 24th December last, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 47, 73] of the 23rd instant, 
was read. 

Mr. Bird presented to the Board [fo. 51] his answer to the extract 
of complaints against Colonel Nicholson relating to the auditing 
the accounts in Virginia, which was delivered to him the 29th instant, 
and the same was read : and Mr. Blair being present, he said that 
they did not insist in their complaints upon having the Auditor 
and Receiver General's places in two distinct officers, if the accounts 
of the revenue be regularly audited before the Council, as usual. 

June 1. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Captain Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, 
to the Board, dated the 19th of October last, was read, and directions 
given for preparing an answer thereunto. The papers therein 
refer'd to were as follows, viz. : — 

Proceedings against several persons on account of piracy, with 
affidavits relating thereunto, and their remonstrance to 
Captain Bennet thereupon. 

Copy of proceedings against Daniel Smith for piracy, and his 
examination taken before Sir Charles Hedges in September, 1700. 

Copy of the proceedings in Colonel Day's time against Samuel 
Gilbert for seizing a Spanish periago &c. 

A certificate from Mr. Nodin relating to the wine and brandy 
sent by him from hence to Captain Bennet, was read. 

A deposition of William Bilton and Samuel Gilbert relating to 
vessells anchoring in St. George's harbour before they go up into 
the country, sworn December the 1st, 1703, and a deposition of 
the said Bilton relating to the kind usage he received from 
Captain Bennet, when his vessell laden with logwood was cast 
away at Bermuda, sworn December 1st, 1703, were read. 

Mr. Delafaye attending [fo. 54J, Mr. Attorney General's report 
upon the petition of Mr. Peter Van Bell, was read, and directions 
given for preparing a representation [fo. 61] to her Majesty there- 
upon. 



1704. 



Leeward Islands. 

Mr, Attorney 

QeneraVs report about 

Van Bell. 



New Hampshire. 

Letter from Mr. Allen. 

Miscellanies. 

Letter from 
Mr. Clifford. 

Virginia. 

Complaints. 



Bermuda. 

Letter from 
Captain Bennet. 



Papers relating 

to piracy referred to 

therein. 



Wine and brandy 

sent to Captain Bennet 

by Nodin. 

Depositions relating to 

anchoring in 

St. George's harbour, 

and Captain Bennet' 's 

care of a wreck. 



Leeward Islands. 

Representation to be 

prepared on petition 

of Mr. Van Bell. 



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[I. 56-59. 



1704. 
Jamaica. 

Memorial from the 
Provost Marshall. 



Mr. Edward Hyde, Provost Marshall of Jamaica, presented to 
their lordships a memorial praying their assistance in recovering 
his dues from those who have acted as his deputies there, was read. 
Whereupon he was desired to bring a full state of his case, in order 
to their lordships writing to the Governour of Jamaica thereupon. 



-Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 



June 2. Present :- 
Mr. Prior. 
Bermuda. Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Sollicitor General to desire 

Mr. SoufcZr'oeneral *" s f P ort I/ - 84 1 u P on the Acts of Bermuda remaining in his 
about laws. hands. [H. fo. 166.] 



Massachusets. 

Bishop of London 

about act for support 

of ministers. 



Newfoundland. 



Letter to Mr. Burchet 
about the minister 



Virginia. 

Mr. Blair and 

Beverley's affidavits 

of the Governor's 

maladministration. 

Representation to be 
prepared thereupon. 



And a letter to be writ 

to the governor not to 

disturb Mr. Wallace 

dbc, one of the 

complainants. 



June 7. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Lord Bishop of London communicated to the Board a copy 
of the proceedings of the Governour and Councill of the 
Massachusets Bay, upon a petition to them relating to the execution 
of An Act for the settlement and support of ministers &c, which 
was read, and ordered to be taken into consideration with the 
said Act the first opportunity. 

His lordship further communicated to the Board an abstract 
of letters from Mr. Jackson, minister at Newfoundland, which 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to 
Mr. Burchet [fo. 63] to desire that instructions be given to the 
Commodore that he give countenance to the said minister, and that 
he endeavour to perswade the captain and soldiers and the 
inhabitants there to be kind to him and to live in friendship and 
amity with him. 

The Virginia gentlemen attending, [fo. 49, 62, 63], Mr. Blair and 
Mr. Beverly presented to their lordships their affidavits containing 
particular instances of mal-administration of Colonel Nicholson ; 
whereupon their lordships gave directions for preparing a repre- 
sentation offering [fo. 59] to her Majesty that the complaints against 
Colonel Nicholson be sent to Mr. Bird, Mr. Jennings, Mr. Custis, 
Mr. Basset, Mr. Duke and Mr. Diggs, and that they be impowered 
to examin thereinto, and to receive the Governour's defence by 
affidavits or otherwise as he shall think fit, and such affidavits as 
shall be offered against him, as also that, if the (sic) find it necessary 
for his justification, he have leave to come home, and that 
Colonel Seymour have a commission as Commander in Cheif of 
Virginia, either upon Colonel Nicholson's death or during his 
absence. 

Mr. Wallace, one of the said complainants, acquainting their 
lordships that being obliged to return to his parish in Virginia, 
he was under great dread of the Governour's resentment ; whereupon 
ordered that a letter be writ to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 67] directing 
him not to molest or disturb the said Wallace, but to permit him 
to execute his ministry in a peaceable manner. 



June 8. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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1704. 
Virginia. 



The draught of a representation [fo. 58, 66] upon the Order of 
Councill of the 30th of March last, relating to complaints against ^ muaht °t representa- 

n -i i -kt" i. i n £ T7- • • j twn upon complaints. 

Colonel .Nicholson, Governour ol Virginia, was agreed. 



June 9. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 2nd instant, upon 
a report of the Boards, to a committee of the Councill [fo. 43, 75] 
of the 18th of the last month, relating to naval stores, requiring their 
lordships to consider of a premium to be allowed upon the importa- 
tion of pitch and tar from the plantations, was read ; and there- 
upon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Sansom [fo. 70] to be 
informed of the duties upon pitch, tar and rozin imported in the 
different sorts of shipping from Sweden, Denmark and the Baltick. 
And further ordered that Mr. Bridger and Mr. Partridge [fo. 65] 
be desired to attend the Board on Monday next in the afternoon. 
And their lordships agreed to offer, in answer to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges's letter, that a premium of 31. per ton be allowed upon the 
importation of pitch and tar from Carolina and Virginia, and 
21. per ton upon the said commodities from any other of the 
plantations for three years ; and further that the Parliament be 
moved to take off the duties of pitch, tar and rozin imported as 
aforesaid. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Perry to desire him to bring 
on Monday next to the Board any letters he may have received 
from Colonel Nicholson relating to his defence. 

A representation [fo. 56, 65] upon the Order of Councill of the 
9th of March last, on the petition of Peter Van Belle [fo. 38] relating 
to some negroes of his seized at St. Christophers, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston [fo. 63] acquainting their lordships 
with the difficulties he had in procuring the money for the soldiers 
in Newfoundland, was read ; and thereupon a clerk was sent to 
the Pay Office to speak with the cashier there, who returning brought 
answer that the money would be paid either to-morrow or on Monday 
next. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant, about 
the method of transmitting letters from the plantations, so as 
that the French, in case the}^ should take any of the plantation ships, 
may not have intelligence of the state of the plantations, was read, 
and thereupon ordered that Sir Gilbert Heathcote and 
Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu [fo. 64] be desired to attend the Board 
on Tuesday next in the morning. 

June 12. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, 

Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 

Mr. Prior. 

A paper entituled, part of Governour Nicholson's letter to 

Mr. Micajah Perry [fo. 58], July 30th, 1703, being sent into the 

Board from Mr. Robert Beverly, containing orders to the said Perry 

for distributing money to several persons on the behalf of 

Colonel Nicholson, was read, and Mr. Perry attending, he was asked 



Plantations General. 

New England. 

Letter from 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about a premium on 

importation of 

naval stores. 

Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Sansom 
for account of the duties 
on pitch, tar and rozin. 



Premium. 



Virginia. 

Complaints. 



Leeward Islands. 

Representation about 
Van Bell agreed. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from 

Mr. Thurston about 

mony for the soldiers. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about plantation letters 

carried to France. 



Virginia. 

Mr. Perry about part 

of a letter from 

Colonel Xieholson to 

himself, to distribute 

mony to several. 



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[I. 62-65. 



1704. 



Virginia. 

Premium for 
importing naval stores. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from 

Mr. Burchet about the 

minister. 

Letter from Mr. Thur- 
ston about his having 

the soldiers' mony. 
Letter to the 

Secretary at War. 

Letter to Mr. Burchet. 



Virginia. 

Complaints. 



whether he had received any such letter, but he declined giving 
any direct answer, but said he might perhaps have orders that in 
case Mr. Thrale or Mr. Povey should negotiate any affaires for 
Colonel Nicholson to pay them the charge thereof. 

Mr. Perry and Mr. Beverley were asked what premium to be 
allowed by her Majesty upon the importation of naval stores 
here they thought might be fitting incouragement for the bringing 
the said stores from the plantations. They said they would 
consider of it, and bring their answer in a few days. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet, in answer to one writ him the 
9th instant [fo. 58] relating to an instruction to be given the 
Newfoundland Commodore in favour of Mr. Jackson, the minister 
there, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston [fo. 61, 97] signifying that he had 
now received the money for the soldiers at Newfoundland, and 
praying that a letter be writ to the Secretary at War for two horse 
granadiers to conduct the said money to Deal, in order to be put on 
board the convoy there, and that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet 
to desire that the sailing orders for the said convoy be not sent 
down till Thursday next, was read, and the said letters ordered 
to be writ accordingly. 

Colonel Lu dwell, Mr. Blair and the other Virginia gentlemen 
attending [fo. 58] explained themselves further upon the several 
articles of complaints exhibited by them against Colonell Nicholson. 



Plantations General. 

Plantation letters 
carried to France. 



New England. 

Naval stores, 
Partridge. 



June 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu attending 
[fo. 62] according to the minutes of the 9th instant, Mr. Secretary 
Hedges's letter relating to intelligences had in France from letters 
taken upon her Majesty's subjects who are made prisoners coming 
from the plantations, was read, whereupon they said they would 
write to their friends at Jamaica, that they do not send over any 
accounts of the state of that island, and desired that directions 
might be sent to the Governors of all the plantations that orders be 
given to the masters of ships coming for England that they throw 
over the packets in case of danger. Upon which occasion they 
further offered that a greater naval strength than is now at Jamaica, 
and that the recruits for the companies there be forthwith 
dispatched thither [fo. 66]. Whereupon their lordships gave 
directions for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges 
accordingly. 

Mr. Partridge attending according to order [fo. 60] and being 
asked several questions relating to naval stores, he said that few 
masts or little timber was to be expected from New England, 
unless the country to the eastward of New Hampshire be seated 
and secured, and promised to draw up proposals relating thereunto. 
And as for pitch and tar, he said he would ingage to import 10,000 
barrells in a year, and he thourght that a premium of forty shillings 
per ton to be allowed upon the importation here might be a reason- 
able incouragement ; but he promised to consider of it, and to 
bring his proposals on Fryday next [fo. 68]. 



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Mr. Bridger attending also and being asked what premium upon 
the importation of pitch and tar here might be a sufficient 
incouragement for the bringing in of those commodities, he said 
that he thought U. per ton would not be too much, and promised 
to bring his further answer [fo. 69] in writing in a few days. 

A representation upon the petition of Peter Van Bell [fo. 61, 87] 
relating to some negroes of his seized at St. Christophers, was 
signed. 

A representation upon the Order of Councill of the 30th of March 
last [fo. 59, 67] relating to complaints against Colonel Nicholson, 
was signed. 

A memorial from Mr. Drift, and another from Mr. Estwick 
relating to a difference between them in reference to their 
precedency in the business of this office, were read ; and thereupon 
ordered that the clerks do continue and be advanced according 
to their graduation, as mentioned in the minutes of the 13th May, 
1703 [H. fo. Ill], unless their lordships shall at any time see cause 
to make any alteration herein. And further ordered that the 
secretary distribute the business of the office among the clerks, 
as he shall find most for the service of the Board. 



1704. 

Naval stores, Bridger. 



Leeward Islands. 

Representation on 
Peter Van BelVs case. 

Virginia. 

Representation 
upon complaints. 

Miscellanies. 

Memorials 

from Mr. Drift and 

Mr. Estwick. 



June 14. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 65, 70] in answer to his 
of the 3rd instant relating to intelligence had in France by letters 
taken on board plantation ships, as ordered in yesterday's minutes, 
was signed. 

A letter from Colonel Codrington to the secretary of this Board 
dated at Nevis the 2nd of March last, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th May last upon a repre- 
sentation of the 10th ditto [fo. 35] for confirming two Acts past 
at Nevis in October last, approving the said representation, was 
read. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 59, 97] in favour 
of Mr. James Wallace, one of the complainants against the said 
Colonel Nicholson, recommending to him not to discourage or 
any ways molest the said Wallace upon that account, was agreed 
and ordered to be transcribed. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about intelligence 

carried to France. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from 
Colonel Codrington. 

Order of Council 

confirming two Acts 

of Nevis. 



Virginia. 

Draught of a letter to 

the Governour in favour 

of Mr. Wallace. 



June 16. Present :— Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pol- 
lexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 15th [fo. 66] upon a representation, 
of the 13th instant, relating to the complaints against 
Colonel Nicholson, directing that the said complaints be transmitted 
to Colonel Nicholson, and that he return an answer thereunto, 
was read. And thereupon the draught of a letter [fo. 73] for trans- 
mitting the said order and copies of the complaints to 
Colonel Nicholson, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

June 17. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pol- 
lexfen, Mr Prior. 



Virginia. 

Order of Councill. 
Complaints against 
Colonel Nicholson. 



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[I. 68-71. 



1704. 
Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Borret 
about Bills. 

New England. 

Partridge's proposal 
about tar. 



Plantations General. 
New England. 

Bridgets proposal 

about premium. 

Naval stores. 

Virginia. 

Mr. Perry, 

about pitch and tar 

and a premium upon 

importation. 



Plantations General. 
Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 

Sansom about duties 

on pitch and tar. 

Jamaica. 

Reference from 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about a present of 

2.000Z. to the heir of 

Major General Selwyn. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about intelligence had 

in France &c. 

And about naval and 

land forces for 

Jamaica. 



Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Borret [fo. 14, 94] to desire 
him to attend Mr. Attorney General for his report upon the Virginia 
Bills in his hands. 

Mr. Partridge presented to the Board [fo. 65] his proposals for the 
importation of 10,000 barrells of tar annually for such term of 
years as shall be thought fit, upon contract at forty shillings per 
barrell, and demanding one quarter part of the money beforehand 
and a premium of 31. per ton upon the importation, offering also 
to give security for performance thereof, was read ; whereupon 
ordered that a letter be prepared to inclose the said proposals 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

June 20. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Bridger's proposal [fo. 65] offering that a premium of 4?. 
per ton be allowed upon the importation of pitch and tar from 
the plantations, was read. 

Mr. Perry attending, [fo. 40, 85] and being asked some questions 
upon the same subject, he said that he and others had written to 
their friends in Virginia for incouraging the production of pitch 
and tar there, and were sending a ship thither to bring home 
samples of what is made in the country, but he thought that a pre- 
mium of 3/. per ton would be too small an incouragement for the 
begining that undertaking and settling the importation of pitch 
and tar as a trade from the plantations. 

A letter from Mr. Sansom, Secretary of the Customes, in answer 
to one writ him the 9th instant [fo. 60] for an account of the duties 
upon pitch and tar, was read. 

A reference from Mr. Secretary Hedges [H. fo. 443 ; fo. 71] of 
the 16th instant upon the petition of Captain Gardner in the behalf 
of the heire at law of the late Major General Selwyn, Governour of 
Jamaica, praying for her Majesty's leave to receive a present of 
2,000/. given by the Assembly of Jamaica to the said heir, was 
read, and directions given [fo. 71] to prepare a representation 
accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 16th in answer to 
one writ him the 14th instant, relating to intelligence [fo. 66,76] 
had in France, by letters taken in ships coming from Jamaica &c. 
and requiring this Board to represent to her Majesty [fo. 71] the 
danger of Jamaica for want of a greater naval strength and land 
force, and what increase of both may be needfull, was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew 
Gracedieu have notice to attend the Board on Thursday next. 



June 21. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 
Jamaica. A representation [fo. 70, 89] upon the reference from Mr. Secretary 

R reZeM l oT»°m°i' to Hedges, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, relating to a present 



the heir of Major 
General Selwyn. 



of 2,000/. to the heire at law of the late Major General Selwyn, 

was signed. 



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June 22. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu and 
Dr. Sloan attending, Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter mentioned in 
the minutes of the 20th instant, was read ; [fo. 70] and they being 
asked several questions relating to the present state of Jamaica 
[fo. 76], they said that there were four men of war remaining during 
the winter at Jamaica as a guard for that Island, one whereof was 
lost; that four others sailed with Sir Cloudsly Shovell's fleet in 
order to relieve those now there ; that by letters received from 
their friends and correspondents they had accounts that the 
inhabitants thought themselves in great danger, being in daily 
expectation of attempts from the enemy, and not being in any 
state of defence to receive them ; that these apprehensions had 
made several of the most considerable planters think of coming 
away ; that with less than ten or twelve men of war (three whereof 
to be 4th rates, the rest 5th and 6th rates) with two fire ships, they 
could not think themselves secure ; that with this assistance they 
might not only be safe themselves, but also in a condition to annoy 
the French and prevent their trading with the Spaniards. And 
they desired that the ships of war that shall be sent may go out 
full manned, and that the captains of the said ships may have 
strict orders not to press men there, otherwise they shall lose all 
their seafaring men, twelve hundred having been frightened away 
by Admiral Graydon's pressing men there. They further said that 
powder and shot might be wanting, but they could not tell the 
quantity ; and being desired, they promised to draAv up a memorial 
upon these heads and present it accordingly. As for recruits and 
additional companies to be sent, they refer'd themselves to 
Captain Gardner, agent for the soldiers there. Whereupon ordered 
that Captain Gardner have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday 
morning next. 

A letter to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 68, 95] to transmit to him copies 
of all the complaints that have been exhibited against him, was 
signed and ordered to be inclosed to the Lord Cornbury, and then 
sent to Mr. Wilcox to be forwarded by a New Yorke ship that goes 
along with the Newfoundland convoy. 

The Earl e of Limerick presented to the Board Mr. Attorney General's 
opinion about Roman Catholicks being capable of receiving grants 
of lands in the plantations, which was read. 

A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 54, 117] of the 
20th instant, signifying that Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and 
Mr. Oosterland had not yet finished the examination of his accounts, 
and praying that their lordships would please to hasten them 
therein, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter 
be writ to those gentlemen to desire them to dispatch that 
affaire as soon as conveniently they can, which was inclosed 
in another letter to Mr. Clifford, that he may have it delivered as 
he sees fitting. 



1704. 



Jamaica. 

State of defence. 



Virginia. 

Letter to 

Colonel Nicholson 

■with copies of 

complaints. 

New England. 

Earlc of Limerick. 



Miscellanies. 

Clifford. 



June 23. Present :— Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 



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[I. 74-77. 



1704. 
Plantations General. 

Newton. 

Weight and value of 

foreign coines. 



Mr. Newton presented to their lordships [fo. 50, 51] a table 
of the weight and intrinsic value of foreign coines in England, 
[M. fo. 15] with a computation for proportioning all the said coines 
to a Sevill piece of eight, which is to be raised from 4s. &d. (its real 
value) to six shillings in the plantations, which was read. 

An Order of Councill of the 15th instant directing the Board to 
transmit to the several Governors in America copies of her Majesty's 
proclamation [fo. 51] for settling and ascertaining the current rates 
of foreign coines in the plantations, was read ; and ordered that 
draughts of letters be prepared [fo. 77] accordingly ; and further 
ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to desire that the 
Board may have 400 copies of the said proclamations. 

A letter from Colonel Codrington to the secretary of this Board, 
dated at St. Christophers the 13th May last, was read. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the Board, dated the 20th of 
April last, was read. 

Plantations General. A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 
Lette*™ m gX s?cretary 2nd instant relating to a premium proposed [fo. 60, 68, 69] to be 
Hedges about premium allowed by her Majesty upon the importation of pitch and tar from 
on pitch and tar. the plantations, was signed. 



Order of Council for 

pending proclamations 

about coin to the 

plantations. 

Draught of letters to 
transmit the same. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from 

Colonel Codrington to 

the secretary. 

Massaehusets. 
Letter from the 
Governour. 



Jamaica. 

State of the regiments. 

Memorial from Sir 

Gilbert Heathcote dkc. 

about state of 

Jamaica dec. 



Bermuda. 

Address in favour of 
the Governour. 



Plantations General. 

Circular letter about 

intelligence had in 

France, dkc. 



June 27. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Captain Gardner presented to their lordships a state of the 
regiments now at Jamaica, with an account of the additional 
companies and recruits to be sent over, which was read. 

A memorial from Sir Gilbert Heathcote [fo. 71] and 
Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu, relating to the present state of Jamaica 
with reference to a naval strength and land force, was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that they be desired to attend the Board 
to-morrow morning [o. infra]. 

Mr. Bennet presented to their lordships the duplicate of an 
address to her Majesty in favour of Captain Bennet from the ' 
Councill, justices and other officers, civil and military, and other 
inhabitants of Bermuda, the original whereof he said he intended 
to lay before her Majesty. 

The draught of a circular letter [fo. 70, 77] to the several Governours 
in America relating to intelligence had in France, by letters taken 
on board of ships coming from the plantations, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 



Jamaica. 

Sir Gilbert Heathcote 

and Sir Bartholomew 

Gracedieu about 

defence die. 



June 28. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu attending 
[v. supra], they were desired to explain some things in their 
memorial mentioned in yesterday's minutes, and to add thereunto 
the number of ships of war they thought necessary for the defence 
of the Island of Jamaica, and the said memorial being returned to 
them [fo. 78] they promised to make those additions accordingly. 



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The draught of a circular letter [fo. 74, 78] to all the Governours 
in America for transmitting her Majesty's proclamation for settling 
and ascertaining the rates of foreign coines in the plantations, was 
agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



1704. 
Plantations General. 

Circular letter about 
coin. 



June 29. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr Newton presented to the Board an account of gold and silver 
coined from the 1st of March, 170-J, to the last of Aprill, 1704. 

Circular letters to all her Majesty's Governours [fo. 76] in America 
relating to intelligence had in France by letters taken on board 
plantation ships, were signed. 

Circular letters to all her Majesty's Governours and proprietors Plantations General, 
in America [fo. 77 ; K. fo. 2] enclosing her Majesty's proclamation Circular letters about 
[M. fo. 15] for settling and ascertaining the rates of foreign coines 
in the plantations, were signed. 



Trade. 

Silver and gold coined. 

Plantations General. 

Circular letters about 

intelligence had in 

France &c. 



foreign coin. 



July 4. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The memorial from Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu and Sir Gilbert 
Heathcote [fo. 77, 79] relating to the present state of the Island of 
Jamaica which had been returned to them the 28th of the last 
month for alterations, being now received back, was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 79] to 
desire to be informed of the naval strength at present at Jamaica. 

The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his 
of the 16th of the last month relating to the sea and land force at 
Jamaica, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



Jamaica. 

Alteration made by 
Sir Bartholomew 

Gracedieu &c. 

to their memorial 

about present state of 

Jamaica. 

Draught of a letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about defence. 



July 5. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet [fo. 78, et infra] in answer to one 
writ him yesterday relating to the naval strength at Jamaica, was 
read. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from 

Mr. Burchet about 

naval strength. 

Massachusets &c. 



Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a repre- 
sentation [fo. 82] upon Colonel Dudley's late letter relating to the coionliD^UyTieUers. 
state of the provinces of the Massachusets Bay and New Hamp- 
shire, and made some progress therein. 



July 6. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 16th of 
the last month [fo. 70, 78, et supra], relating to the sea and land 
force at Jamaica, was signed. 



Jamaica. 

Answer to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges' 8 

letter about sea and 

land force. 

Plantations General. 

Additional instructions 



The draught of an additional instruction [fo. 82] to the several 
Governours and proprietors in America, relating to the number of 
seamen allowed by an Act past in the last session of Parliament, seamen d-c for navi- 
for navigating of English ships during the war, was agreed and 9 at ™<3 EngUah ships. 
ordered to be transcribed. 



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[I. 80-83. 



1704. 

Mr. Attorney General's 

report about renewal of 

commissions for trying 

of pirates. 

Representation to be 
drawn thereupon. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from, the 
commander there. 

Bermuda. 

Letters from the 
Governour. 

Papers of publick 
proceedings. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to be writ to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

with Monsieur Tilly's 

examination. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges, 

with additional 

instructions about 

navigating ships. 

Massachusets. 

Representation on 

Colonel Dudley's letter 

of 20th April. 



New England. 

Partridge. 
Naval Stores. 

New Jersey. 

Order of reference on 

Dockwra's petition 

about the Island of 

Staten. 



Mr. Attorney General's report, in answer to a letter writ him 
the 31st of March last [H. fo. 467] relating to the renewal of the 
commissions for the tryal of pirates in the plantations, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a representation be drawn in pursuance of 
Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 83]. 

A letter from Captain Lloyd, commander of the forces at Newfound- 
land, with several depositions relating to Placentia [fo. 81] dated 
May the 13th, 1704, was read. 

A letter from Colonel Bennet to the Board of the 1 1th of January 
last, as also one of the 20th of April last, were read ; and the papers 
therein refer'd to are as follows, viz. : — 

Copy of Mr. Holdbeach and Mr. Bell's examination on oath con- 
cerning a Spaniard taken up for piracy, the 8th of September, 1702. 

Copy of the condemnation of the French prize called St. Lawre.nct 
the Victorious, at a Court of Admiralty the 28th December, 1703. 

Account of the sale of the French prize called St. Lawrence the 
Victorious. 

Copy of the tryals of several pirates at a court of Admiralty held 
the 12th of October, 1703. 

An Act for raising a publick revenue for the support of these 
her Majesty's Islands, past in February, 170 J. 

Copy of an Act for raising a publick revenue for the support of 
the government of these his Majesty's Islands, past in November, 
1698, to which is annexed the depositions taken about the original 
of this Act. 

July 7. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be prepared to transmit to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges the copy of Monsieur l)u Tilly's examination [fo. 80, 83] 
received from Newfoundland in Captain Lloyd's letter mentioned 
in yesterday's minutes. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 80, 106] with additional 
instructions to all the Governours and proprietors in America 
relating to the number of seamen allowed by an Act past the last 
session of Parliament, for navigating of English ships during the 
war, was signed. 

A representation, upon Colonel Dudley's letter [fo. 79] of 20th of 
April last, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

July 10. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Ordered that Mr. Partridge [fo. 86] have notice to attend the 
Board on Thursday next. 

An Order of Council of the 6th instant refering to this Board 
the petition of Peter Sonmans and William Dockwra for their selves 
and the rest of the proprietors of the eastern division of New Jersey 
relating to their title to the Island of Staten, was presented to the 
Board by the said Sonmans and Dockwra and read ; whereupon 
they were directed to bring to their lordships what papers or proofs 
they had to make good their said title, in order to be sent to the 
Lord Cornbury to return his answer in behalf of the Queen. 



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A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 81 ] inclosing the copy of the 
examination of the Sieur Du Tilly, a French prisoner at Newfound- 
land, was signed. 

A representation [fo. 80, 87] offering to her Majesty that the 
several commissions for the trying of pirates in the plantations be 
renewed, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Ordered that a representation [fo. 84] be prepared for laying 
before her Majesty an Act past at Bermuda in November, 1698, 
entituled an Act for raising a publick revenue for the support of 
the government of those his Majesty's islands, for her Majesty's 
royal approbation. 

A representation [fo. 82, 96, 97] upon Colonel Dudley's letter of 
the 20th of April last, was signed. 

July 11. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a repre- 
sentation [fo. 83, 85] upon an Act past in Bermuda in 1698 for 
raising a public revenue for the support of the government of 
those islands, and made some progress therein. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes [fo. 52, 89] to desire 
to know if the Lord High Treasurer have any objection why her 
Majesty should not approve of the Act lately past at Jamaica for 
raising a publick revenue. 

Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 57] upon the Acts past at 
Bermuda in 1690, 1691, 1693 and 1694, was read ; and the said 
Acts having been read the 14th May, 1703 [H. fo. 113], their lord- 
ships gave directions for preparing a representation thereupon 
[fo- 85]. 

July 12. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Prior. 
Ordered that Mr. Harris be desired to dispatch the seal for New 
Jersey, there being yet none sent to that province from her Majesty. 

A representation [fo. 84, 87] for confirming an Act past at Bermuda 
in 1698 for raising a publick revenue for the support of the government 
dec. was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A representation [fo. 84, 90] upon the Acts passed at Bermuda in 
1690, 1691, 1693 and 1694 was agreed and ordered to be trans- 
cribed. 

A letter to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 69, 87] relating to the production 
of naval stores in Virginia, was agreed and ordered to be trans- 
cribed. 

July 13. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Whetham presented to their lordships a memorial 
[fo. 92] on the behalf of Colonel John Johnson, who was appointed 
Lieutenant Governour of Nevis by Colonel Codrington the 1st of 
July, 1703, praying that the said Johnson may have her Majesty's 
commission for that post, and that the salary be allowed him from 
that day, which was read. 



1704. 
Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about a 

French prisoner. 

Plantations General. 

Representation about 

commissions for tryal 

of pirates. 

Bermuda. 

Representation to be 

prepared upon a 

Revenue Act. 



Massachusets. 

Representation on 
Dudley's letter. 



Bermuda. 

Draught of a 

representation upon 

Act of Revenue. 

Jamaica. 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes 
about Act for raising 
a publick revenue. 

Bermuda. 

Sollicitor QeneraVa 
report on Acta. 

Representation to be 
prepared thereupon. 



New Jersey 

Letter to 

Mr. Harris to dispatch 

the new seale. 

Bermuda. 

Representation upon 
Act of Revenue. 

Representation on 
several Acts. 



Virginia. 

Letter to 
Colonel Nicholson 
about naval stores. 



Leeward Islands. 

Memorial about 

Colonel Johnson's 

being made Lieut.- 

Governor of Nevis by 

Colonel Codrington. 



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[I. 86-89. 



1704. 
Plantations General. 
New England. 

Partridge. 
Naval Stores. 



Bermuda. 

Representation, 
upon Revenue Act. 

Virginia. 

Letter to the Governour 
about naval stores. 

Plantations General. 

Representation about 
renewal of commis- 
sions for trying 
pirates. 

Leeward Islands. 

Order of Council upon 

representation relating 

to the case of 

Peter Van Belle. 



Bermuda. 

Mr. Davis 
about tobacco. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter to the Governour 
about Peter Van Bell. 

Plantations General. 

Copy of 

instructions to 

privateers given to 

Mr. Penn. 

Jamaica. 

Copy of an Order of 
Council on the repre- 
sentation about Major 
General Selwyri's 
present. 



Mr. Partridge attending according to order [fo. 82], and several 
questions being asked him relating to the production of naval 
stores in New England, he said that he would undertake to import 
a ship's load of pitch and tar by Christmas next, or 10,000 barrels 
if required in a year's time, upon contract with the Navy Board. 
That having about two years ago sent over from New England 
10,000 barrelLs of turpintine, which remain yet unsold, not being 
able to get the value of the freight for it, he would not venture 
now to import pitch and tar without a certainty of a market. As 
for a premium of three pounds per ton to be allowed upon the 
importation of pitch and tar, he thought that was not a sufficient 
incouragement, but being desired, he promised to consider thereof, 
and offer to their lordships his opinion thereupon [fo. 90]. 

A representation [fo. 85, 107] upon an Act past at Bermuda in 
1698 for raising a publick revenue for the support of the government 
of those islands, was signed. 

A letter to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 85, 161] relating to the pro- 
duction of naval stores in Virginia, was signed. 

A representation [fo. 83, 97] offering to her Majesty that the com- 
missions for the tryal of pirates in America be renewed, was signed. 



An Order of Councill of the 6th instant upon a representation 
[fo. 65] of the 13th of the last month relating to the petition and 
case of Peter Van Bell about some negroes of his seized at St. 
Christophers and condemned at a court of Admiralty at Nevis 
in May, 1699, directing the Board to write to Sir William Mathew, 
Governour of the Leeward Islands, according to the said representa- 
tion, was read, and directions given for preparing a letter 
accordingly [fo. 88]. 

July 14. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Davis attending, and being asked several questions relating 
to the tobacco at Bermuda, he said there was but little tobacco 
made there, and what was exported (besides what was carryed by 
the seamen for their provisions) was to the Leeward Islands, and 
that but in small quantities. That Mr. Nodin has some times 
received some from thence, but that it was so strong and bad that 
it could not be used here. 

A letter to Sir William Mathew, in pursuance of the Order of 
Councill of the 6th instant [Jo. 87] relating to Mr. Peter Van Bell, was 
signed. 

Mr. Penn having desired a copy of the additional instructions 
to be given to privateers in America [fo. 22], the Secretary was 
permitted to give him a copy thereof. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 6th instant upon a repre- 
sentation of the 21st of the last month [fo. 71], relating to a present 
of 2,000/. to the heire at law of the late Major General Selwyn, 
Governour of Jamaica, approving the same, was read. 



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A letter to Mr. Lowndes desiring to know whether the Lord High 
Treasurer have any objection to laying the Act for raising a revenue 
in Jamaica before her Majesty for her royal confirmation [fo. 84, 94] 
as directed the 11th instant, was agreed and ordered to be sent. 

Two Acts past at Nevis the 23rd of February last, entituled 
An Act for the establishing of courts and settling due methods for 
the administration of justice in this island, and An Act for the better 
government of negroes and other slaves, were laid before the Board, 
and ordered that they be sent to Mr. Attorney or Mr. Sollicitor 
General for their opinion in point of law. 



1704. 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes 
about Act of Revenue. 



Leeward Islands. 

Two Acts of Nevis 
sent to Attorney or 
Sollicitor General. 



July 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 

Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A representation [fo. 85, 96] upon the Acts past at Bermuda Bermuda. 

in 1690, 1691, 1693 and 1694, was signed. Representation on Acts. 

Mr. Partridge presented to their lordships a memorial [fo. 87, 91] plantations General, 
relating to the production of naval stores in the plantations, which New England 
was read, and he was desired to produce the substance of the said 
paper with plain proposals against to-morrow morning, which he 
promised to doe. 

A letter from Colonel Bennet, dated at Bermuda the 10th June 
last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to are as follows : — 



Naval stores. 
Partridge. 



Bermuda. 

Letter from the 
Lieutenant Qovernour. 



An Act past the 9th day of February, 170 J. 

Four Acts past at Bermuda the 12th May, 1704. 

Journal of Assembly from the 7th February, 170f , to the 12th May 
following. 

Mr. Bennet presented to their lordships another letter from his 
brother, Colonel Bennet, dated at Bermuda the 31st May last, 
desiring their lordships assistance in procuring him the command 
of the soldiers at Bermuda in the place of Captain Sandys, lately 
dead, which was read. And Mr. Bennet was acquainted that if 
his brother's petition to her Majesty, which he also communicated 
to the Board, was refer'd to the Board, their lordships would do 
what they could for Colonel Bennet's service. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, dated at Jamaica the 4th May 
last was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 92] to inclose an extract of what relates 
to the French prisoners sent home. 

Another letter from Colonel Handasyd, dated at Jamaica the 
19th May last, giving an account of the arrival of the fleet at 
Jamaica. 



Publick papers. 



Another letter from the 

Lieutenant Qovernour 

desiring to command 

the company of 

Captain Sandys, 

deceased. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from 
the Qovernour. 



Another letter about 
the arrival of the fleet. 



July 19. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Partridge [fo. 90] presented to their lordships a proposal, 
as directed in yesterday's minutes, for supplying her Majesty with 
10,000 barrills of tar yearly for seven years, or for a lesser time, 
which was read ; and thereupon a letter inclosing the same to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges, was signed. 



New England. 

Mr. Partridge 1 s 

proposal for furnishing 

10,000 barrells of tar. 

Letter 

inclosing it to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges. 



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[I. 92-95. 



1704. 

Jamaica. 

Letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

with extract of one 

from Colonel 
Handasyd about 
French prisoners sent 
home. 

Leeward Islands. 

Certificate about 

Lieutenant Oovernour 

of Nevis. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Attorney General's 
report on Acts. 

New Hampshire. 

Wharton's memorial 

about salary for 

Lieutenant Oovernour. 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 91] inclosing the extract of 
a letter from Colonel Handasyd, relating to some French prisoners 
sent home, as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 



July 21. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A certificate from Colonel Wetham [fo. 86, 115] that Colonel John 
Johnson was made Lieutenant Oovernour of Nevis the 1st July, 
1703, by Colonel Codrington was now received and read. 

Mr. Attorney General's reports upon the Acts past at Barbados 
from the 5th November, 1700, to the 10th March, 170i, as also 
the said Acts, were read. 

A memorial from Mr. Wharton in behalf of Mr. Usher, Lieutenant 
Governour of New Hampshire, praying that a salary may be settled 
upon him, was read ; whereupon the secretary was directed to 
acquaint the said Wharton that no salary having been allowed 
from England to any Lieutenant Governour of New Hampshire, 
their lordships did not think this a proper season to move her 
Majesty in that affaire ; but if he can perswade the Assembly to 
pass any Act in his behalf, their lordships would not be against 
offering it to her Majesty for her royal approbation. 



Massachusets. 

Letter to the Oovernour 

about Mohegan 

Indians. 



Virginia. 

Commissioners of the 

Customes' report on 

Bills. 

Jamaica. 

Revenue Act. 

Representation 
to be prepared dec. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. Attor- 
ney General about 

want of laws for barring 
e[s]tates tailes &c. 

Virginia. 

Jennings. 
Mr. Attorney General's 
report on four Bills. 

Two of the said Bills 
return'd to him by 
Mr. Jennings for 

further information. 



July 25. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 

Mr. Prior. 
A letter to Colonel Dudley, Governour of the Massachusets Bay, 
relating to the complaints of the Mohegan Indians, was signed. 

August 15. Present : — -Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes [fo. 14] of the 10th instant with a report 
from the Commissioners of the Customes upon two Virginia Bills, 
approving the same, and further signifying that the Lord High 
Treasurer [fo. 89] had no objection to the laying the Jamaica 
Revenue Act before her Majesty, was read ; [fo. 97] and thereupon 
ordered that a representation be prepared for laying the said Act 
before her Majesty accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Attorney General relating to the want of laws 
in the plantations for barring the estates tailes and the remainders 
depending on them, was read. 

Mr. Jennings [fo. 31, 99] being returned out of Yorkshire and 
attending, Mr. Attorney General's report upon four Virginia Bills 
[fo. 68] sent him the 24th of April last, was read ; and their lord- 
ships not agreeing intirely with some of his objections to two of the 
said Bills, a letter was writ to him thereupon, and Mr. Jennings was 
desired to attend him therewith, as also with the said Bills, in order 
to give him further information therein. 



August 17. Present :- 
Mr. Prior. 



-Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt 



I. 95-97.] 



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33 



Mr. Perry attending [fo. 73, 245] and desiring that their lordships 
would be pleased to write to Colonel Nicholson that he forbear 
any personal resentment, prosecution or molestation whatsoever 
against any person upon his own account whilst the complaint 
against him is depending, a letter was writ and signed 
accordingly. 

A letter from the Board of Ordnance [fo. 44, 104] of the 
8th instant signifying that they had appointed Captain John 
Rednap, ingineer, for New England and New Yorke in the 
room of Colonel Romer, was read, and a letter, in answer there- 
unto, was signed. 

Three Orders of Councill of the 3rd instant upon a representation 
of the 18th of the last month [fo. 90] relating to the Acts of Bermuda, 
past in 1690, 1691, 1693 and 1694, viz. :— 

An order for confirming several of the said Acts, and 

An order for repealing four of them were read, and directions 
given for preparing a letter to transmit the same to Colonel Bennet. 

And another order directing the Board to prepare an instruction 
for the said Colonel Bennet in the same manner as was done for 
the Governour of Barbados in lieu of the Habeas Corpus Act. One 
of those repealed by the foregoing order was read, and the said 
instruction prepared, and a representation signed [fo. 115, 116] 
to lay the same before her Majesty. 

An Order of Councill of the 3rd instant upon a representation 
of the 10th of the last month [fo. 83] upon Colonel Dudley's letters 
directing this Board to prepare letters from her Majesty to 
Colonel Dudley relating to the building Pemaquid fort and the 
settling a salary for the Governour and Lieutenant Governour of 
the Massachusets Bay, was read, and directions given for preparing 
a letter accordingly [fo. 229]. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the same date upon the same 
representation [fo. 83, 132] refering what relates to a man of war 
to his royal highness, was read. 

Copy of another Order of Councill of the same date upon the 
same representation [fo. 83] refering what relates to the 
irregularities in Rhode Island [fo. 177] to Mr. Attorney and 
Mr. Sollicitor General, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the same date upon a representa- 
tion of the 13th of the last month [fo. 87, 113] relating to com- 
missions for tryal of pirates in America, directing Mr. Attorney and 
Mr. Sollicitor General to prepai'e commissions accordingly, was read. 

A letter to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 67] in pursuance of the minutes 
of the 7th June last, directing him not to give Mr. Wallace, one of 
the complainants against him, any molestation upon account of 
his said complaints, was signed and delivered to the said Wallace. 

A representation [fo. 94] upon an Act past at Jamaica in November 
last [M. fo. 287] for raising a revenue to her Majesty for the support 
of the government of that island, was signed. 

A memorial from Mr. Thurston [fo. 63] signifying that the 
Coventry man of war, convoy to the Newfoundland fleet, on board 



Wt. 16557. 



1704. 
Virginia. 

Mr. Perry about 
•writing to the 
Governour to forbear 
personal resentments 
&c. whilst the com- 
plaints are depending. 

Letter thereupon. 

New England 

and 
New Yorke. 

New ingineer 
appointed. 

Bermuda. 

Acts. 



Order of Council con- 
firming several of them. 

Another 
repealing four. 

Order of Council about 
an instruction to the 
Governour in lieu of 
Habeas Corpus Act. 



Massachusets. 

Order of Council on a 

representation upon 

Colonel Dudley's 

letters. 

Letter to be writ to the 

Governour about 
Pemaquid and salary. 

Copy of an 

Order of Councill 

about nuin of war. 

Rhode Islands. 

Copy of an 

Order of Councill about 

irregularities, &c. 

Plantations General. 

Copy of an 

Order of Council 

about commissions 

for tryal of pirates. 

Virginia. 

Letter to the Governour 
not to molest Wallace. 



Jamaica. 

Representation 
upon Revenue Act. 

Newfoundland. 

Memorial from 

Mr. Thurston about 

the convoy's being 

taken by the French. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 98-100. 



1704. 



Letter to be 

writ to Mr. Lowndes 

thereupon. 



of whom was the money for paying the soldiers there, has been 
taken and carryed into Brest, and praying their lordships' 
consideration thereof, being read, directions were given for preparing 
a letter to Mr. Lowndes [v. infra] to lay the same before the Lord 
High Treasurer, and further ordered that a duplicate of the heads 
of inquiry and additional instructions which had been sent to 
Mr. Burchett [fo. 29] the 4th May last be again sent to him to be 
given to the commander of the convoy appointed for Newfoundland. 



August 18. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 
Newfoundland. A letter to Mr. Lowndes [v. supra], as ordered yesterday, upon 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes iyr r Thurston's memorial relating to the Newfoundland convoy's 

about the convoy s being , ■ i-xtd -i-ij-i^-l 

being carryed into Brest, was agreed and ordered to be sent. 

The account of the incident charges of this office, from 
Christmas, 1703, to Midsummer, 1704, were laid before the Board, 



carried into Brest. 

Miscellanies. 

Incidents. 



and are as follows, viz. : — 

The secretary's account of petty expenses, 

amounting to . . 
The stationer's account, amounting to . . 
The postman's bill 
On the account for wood and coles 

Amounting in the whole to. . 



I. s.- d. 



42 
36 
34 
33 



15 
9 

4 
9 



8 
11 

1 



146 19 1 



Letter to Lord 
Treasurer thereupon. 

Maryland. 

Proposal 
about Naval stores. 



Virginia. 

Mr. Jennings, 
about Bills. 



New Yorke. 

Suit of 

clothing &c. given to 

Patrick Wardrope. 



And a letter was thereupon writ to the Lord Treasurer to desire 
his lordship's order for payment thereof. 

Sir Thomas Lawrence attending communicated to their lordships 
two proposals made to Colonel Seymour, Governour of Maryland, 
relating to the furnishing her Majesty with plank, timber, masts 
&c, and to the building of men of war in Maryland, and the 
producing pitch and tar in Maryland and Virginia, copies whereof 
were ordered to be taken. 

Mr. Jennings [Jo. 94] acquainted their lordships that he had 
attended Mr. Attorney General, as directed the 15th instant, and 
that he had cleared some difficulties Mr. Attorney had relating to 
the Virginia Bills that had been refer'd to him, whereupon 
directions were given for preparing a representation [fo. 114] upon 
the collection of Virginia Bills received from Colonel Nicholson. 

Patrick Wardrop, an old soldier who had served 28 years at 
New Yorke, having been some while since returned from thence as 
an invalid, attending ; ordered that the suit of the cloathing returned 
from New Yorke and brought to the Board the 25th May, 1703, 
by Mr. Thrale, be delivered to the said Wardrope. 



New Yorke. 

Letters from 

the Governour. 



August 22. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

Several letters from the Lord Cornbury, Governour of New Yorke, 
to the Board, with the papers therein refer'd to, were laid before 
their lordships and are as follows, viz. : — 



I. 100-103.] 



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35 



A letter from his lordship relating to the accounts of the late 
Earle of Bellomont [H./o. 455 ; fo. 102] dated the 17th June, 1704. 

Seventeen papers relating to the accounts between the late 
Earle of Bellomont and the forces at New Yorke. 

Eleven papers relating to the accounts between the late Earle of 
Bellomont and the forces at New Yorke. 

Valuation of the cloathing sent by Mr. Champante to New Yorke 
for the use of the four companies there in 1702. 

An account of the contingencies of New Yorke in the late 
Earle of Bellomont's and the Lord Cornbury's governments for 
one year. 

Account of the warrants issued by the late Earle of Bellomont for 
the payment of money for the use of the forces at New Yorke, 
from the 2nd of April, 1698, to the 5th of March, 1700. 

Account of the warrants issued by the Lord Cornbury for the 
payment of money for the use of the regulated forces at New Yorke 
from the 3rd of May, 1702, to the 6th of April, 1704. 

Account of a warrant issued by the late Earle of Bellomont, 
out of the revenue of New Yorke for services done at several times 
during his government, from the second of April, 1698, to the 
2nd of April, 1699. 

Account of warrants issued by the Lord Cornbury out of the 
revenue of New Yorke for services done at several times &c. from 
the 3rd of May, 1702, to the 3rd of May, 1703. 

Proceedings upon all the actions depending in June, 1704, in the 
Supreme Court of New Yorke. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, relating to the 
accounts between Captain Nanfan and the forces at New Yorke 
[H./o. 412 ; fo. 103] dated the 22nd June, 1704. 

Affidavit of Mr. Wilson, high sheriff of the county of New Yorke, 
concerning Captain Nanfan. 

Six several papers relating to the accounts of Captain Nanfan. 

Eleven papers relating to Captain Nanfan 's accounts. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, with what he has 
done towards stating the Countess of Bellomont's accounts [fo. 100, 
103], and about her security, dated the 24th June, 1704. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury [fo. 115, 1 16] to the Board, about 
his proceedings relating to the ship the Eagle gaily, seized by the 
Collector for having on board some Canary wine shipt at Madera &c, 
dated the 26th of June, 1704. 

Copy of the proceedings of the Admiralty Court held the 8th of 
April, 1704, against the Eagle gaily, seized by the Collector for 
having loaded Canary at the Maderas. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board of the 30th of June 
last, in answer to one writ him the 26th of January, 170§, relating 
to the Acts past by the Earle of Bellomont and Captain Nanfan, 
with his observation thereupon. 

Report of the Councill of New Yorke to the Lord Cornbury 
relating to the Acts of Assembly not confirmed or repealed. 

* Marginal note in red ink, nearly faded away. The " black line " extends from 
" A letter " (line 1 of this page) to " 1704 " (line 17.) 



1704. 

Letter from him about 

the Countess of 

Bellomont's accounts. 

Papers refer' d to 

therein. 



N.B.— The letters 
and papers inclosed in 
the black line weare sent 
to the Lord Treasurer, 

the 24th instant* 



New Yorke. 

Letter from 
the Governour about 
Nanfan 's accounts. 

Papers 
relating thereto. 



Letter from 
Lord Cornbury about 

Countess of 
Bellomont's accounts. 

Letter from him about 
the Eagle galley. 



Admiralty 
proceedings thereon. 



New Yorke. 

Letter from the 

Governour about Acts 

past by the Earl 

of Bellomont, &c. 

Council of 

New Yorke' 's report on 

those Acts. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS P- 103-105. 



1704. 

Letter from 

the Lord Cornbury 

with Acts. 



Letter to 

Mr. Lowndes with 

Lord Bellomont and 

Captain Nanfan's 

accounts. 



Mr. Champante 
acquainted therewith. 



New England and 
New Yorke. 
Letter to the 

Governours in favour 

of Captain Rednap the 

ingineer. 

Virginia. 

Memorial from 

Mr. Jennings desiring 

a consideration for 

his trouble. 



New England. 

Order of Council 

about prisoners taken 

by the French of 

Canada. 

Extract of 

Colonel Dudley's letter 

about skirmish at 

Deerfield sent to 

Secretary Hedges. 

Maryland. 

Letter from the 
Governour. 

Papers of 
publick proceedings. 



A letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, dated at New 
Yorke the 30th of June. 

Acts past at a General Assembly held at New Yorke the 

of to the ■ of . 

Acts past at a General Assembly at New Yorke in June, 1704. 

Ordered that copies of the Lord Cornbury's letters relating to 
the Earle of Bellomont and Captain Nanfan's accounts [fo. 102] be 
made, as also a list of the papers therewith transmitted, and then 
that the said original letters and papers be sent to Mr. Lowndes 
[fo. 113], and that he be desired to move the Lord Treasurer 
that the said accounts be refer'd to such persons conversant in 
the accounts of the army as his lordship shall be pleased to direct. 

Mr. Champante attending in relation to Captain Nanfan's 
accounts, he was acquainted with the foregoing order ; whereupon 
he promised to bring to their lordships a memorial in behalf of 
Captain Nanfan, which he prayed might be also recommended to 
the Lord High Treasurer. 

Letters to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 95] and Colonel Dudley in favour 
of Captain John Rednap, who is sent as ingineer to New England 
and New Yorke, were signed. 



Mr. Jennings [fo. 149] presented to their lordships a memorial 
praying their lordships' consideration of his expences and charges 
in coming to England and attending here in reference to the 
Virginia Bills,, which was read, and ordered that in the next letter to 
Colonel Nicholson he be advised to pay Colonel Jennings 1001. 
(besides the 1001. that he received at his coming away) out of the 
two shillings per hogshead. 

An Order of Councill of the 17th instant, directing the Board to 
give an account to one of her Majesty's Secretaries of State, of 
the English prisoners that have been lately taken by the French 
of Canada, was read ; and thereupon the copy of paragraph D 
of Colonel Dudley's letter of the 20th of April last, was sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges. 



A letter from Colonel Seymour [fo. 107], Governour of Maryland, 
of the 23rd of May last, with the papers therein refer'd to, were 
laid before the Board, which papers are as follows, viz. : — 

Minutes of Council from the 30th of July, 1702, to the 4th of 
October, 1703. 

Minutes of Councill from the 12th of April, 1704, to the 22nd of 
May following. 

Minutes of Council in Assembly from the 26th April, 1704, to 
the 3rd May following. 

Minutes of Assembly from the 26th April, 1704, to the 3rd of 
May following, when they were dissolved. 

Copy of the proceedings of the committee of the accounts in 
May, 1704. 

Abstracts of the proceedings of several courts of justice in 1703. 

Act past at a General Assembly the 3rd of May, 1704. 



I. 105-108.] 



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37 



Colonel Blakiston attending, and being acquainted with what 
Colonel Seymour writes about a difference between Mr. Tench, 
President of the Councill, and himself, relating to a moyety of the 
12d. per hogshead on tobaccoes, he said that Mr. Tench's demands 
were very unreasonable, that he could have no title to the said 
moyety, the ships not being cleared till after Colonel Seymour 
arrived. As to what Colonel Seymour writes relating to want of 
amies, he said that there being a fund settled by Act of Assembly 
for providing amies, he doubted not but they had 1,000L at present 
in bank for that purpose. 



1704. 

Colonel Blakiston's 

opinion upon the 

difference between 

Colonel Seymour and 

the late President of 

Maryland and upon 

the want of arms there. 



August 23. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

Her Majesty's circular letters to all the Governours and proprietors 
in America relating to her Majesty's and the Lord High Admiral's 
shares of prizes, which had been prepared by this Board and sent 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges the 31st of May last [fo. 53], as also the 
additional instructions [fo. 82] relating to the number of seamen 
allowed to navigate English ships during the war, sent also to 
Mr. Secretary the 7th of the last month, being now received back, 
ordered that letters be prepared forthwith for transmitting the 
same to all the Governours accordingly, and that those to the 
proprietors here in town be sent to them. 

A memorial from Colonel Blakiston, agent for the province of 
Maryland, relating to their quota for New Yorke, was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that the Act past in 1701 for raising 300?. in 
part of the said quota, be looked out in order to their lordships' 
consideration of that matter. 

An Order of Councill of the 3rd instant upon a representation 
[fo. 87] of the 13th of the last month confirming an Act past at 
Bermuda in 1698 for raising a publick revenue for the support of the 
government of those islands, was read ; and ordered that it be 
transmitted to Colonel Bennet. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Bennet [fo. 113] was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 

Colonel Seymour's letter [fo. 105, 113] mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes, was read, and an answer thereunto agreed and ordered 
to be transcribed. 

A letter from Sir Bevill Granville, Govern our of Barbados, dated 
24th of May last, with the papers therein refer'd to, were laid before 
the Board, and are as follows, viz. : — 

List of persons recommended by Sir Bevil Granville to fill up 
the vacancies that may happen in the Councill of Barbados, dated 
24th May, 1704. 

Account of such prizes condemned in Barbados as have come 
to the hands of James Hanaway, Esquire, marshal of the Vice- 
Admiralty there. 

Abstract of such ships and vessels as have been condemned 
as prizes in the court of Admiralty of Barbados since the present 
war. 

Minutes of Councill from the 5th of October to the 21st of 
December, 1703, inclusive. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to all the 
Governours to enclose 
the Queen's circular 

letter about 

prizes, and additional 

instructions about 

navigating English 

ships. 



Maryland. 

Colonel Blakiston's 

memorial about quota 

for New York. 



Bermuda. 

Order of Council con- 
firming Revenue Act. 



Letter to the 
Governour. 

Maryland. 

Letter from the 

Governour. 

Answer. 

Barbados. 

Letter from the 
Governour. 

Publick papers. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS p. 108-111, 



J 704. 



Letter to Mr. Burchet 

with extract of 

Sir Bevil Granville' s 

letter. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from the 
Governour. 

Publick papers. 



Letter to Mr. Burchet 

with extracts of 

Colonel HandasycT s 

letter. 

Virginia. 

Two letters from the 
Governour. 

Publick papers. 



Minutes of Councill from the 18th of January, 170f, to the 8th of 
April, 1704. 

Minutes of Councill from the 28th April to the 16th of May 
inclusive. 

Minutes of the Assembly from the 27th of October, 1702, to the 
8th of June, 1703. 

Minutes of the Assembly from the 8th of June, 1703, to the 
3rd of August following. 

Minutes of the Assembly from the 31st of August to the 2nd of 
November, 1703. 

Minutes of the Assembly from the 2nd of November, 1703, to 
the 16th of March, 170|, inclusive. 

Minutes of Assembly from the 8th of February, 1703, to the 
16th of May, 1704, inclusive. 

Acts past the 21st of March, 170|. 

An Act to settle five hundred pounds per annum on Sir Bevil 
Granville during his government, past the 8th of June, 1703. 
Duplicate. 

Acts past the 16th November and 1st of December, 1703, 
Duplicate. 

And thereupon ordered that a copy of paragraph G. in the fore- 
said letter be sent to Mr. Burchet to be laid before his royal highness's 
Councill. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 
19th June last, with the papers therein refer'd to, were laid before 
the Board and are as follows, viz. : — 

Minutes of Councill from the 8th of February, 1703, to the 13th of 
June, 1704, inclusive : — 

Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 11th of April to the 
13th of June, 1704, inclusive. 

Minutes of the Assembly from the 11th of April to the 10th of 
June, 1704, inclusive. 

Acts past the 29th of April and 14th May, 1704. 

Acts past the 13th of June, 1704. And thereupon ordered that a 
copy of paragraph B, and part of paragraph F in the foresaid letter 
[Jo. 210] which relates to the Captain of the Sea Hwse, be sent to 
Mr. Burchet to be laid before his royal highness's Councill. 

Two letters from Colonel Nicholson, Governour of Virginia, dated 
the 31st May and 6th June last, and the papers therein refer'd to 
were laid before the Board and are as follows : — 

Address of the Governour, Council and burgesses of Virginia to 
her Majesty, 1704. 

Naval officers list of ships entred and cleared in Virginia from 
the 29th September, 1703, to the 22nd May, 1704. 

List of tythables for the year 1704. 

List of patents for land signed in 1704. 

Mr. Auditor Bird's account of her Majesty's quit rents for the 
year 1703. 

Mr. Auditor Bird's account of her Majesty's revenue from the 
25th October, 1703, to the 25th April, 1704. 

Mr. Carter, the Treasurer's accounts of her Majesty's revenue 
1703. 



I. 111-113.] 



FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



39 



1704. 



Copies of the Acts past in the General Assembly, April the 21st, 
1704. 

Proceedings of the General Assembly in April, 1704, in relation 
to trade. 

Proceedings of the Governour and Councill relating to the ships 
the Dreadnought and Foivay, from the 9th February, 170 J, to the 
31st of May, 1704. 

Minutes of Councill from the 26th of August, 1703, to the 20th of 
October following. 

Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 20th of April, 1704, 
to the 12th of May following. 

Minutes of Councill from the 23rd of October, 1703, to the 12th of 
May, 1704. 

Journal of the House of Burgesses from the 20th of April, 1704, 
to the 12th of May following. 

Letter from Mr. Moor to Colonel Nicholson, Governour of Virginia, 
inclosing several papers of publick proceedings of the Assembly of 
Pennsylvania, dated the 23rd of May, 1704. 

Commodore Evans's sailing orders &c. to the convoy, which 
brought home the Virginia fleet. 

Line of battle of the convoy which brought home the Virginia 
fleet. 

List of the merchants ships brought home to England under 
convoy of Commodore Evans. 

Letter from Mr. Stephens Thompson, Attorney General of 
Virginia, dated the 27th May last, was laid before the Board. 

August 24. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt 

Mr. Prior. 
Letters to Colonel Dudley, the Lord Cornbury, Colonel Seymour, 
Colonel Nicholson and Colonel Bennet, were signed. 



Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to desire that 
Mr. Baker may have directions to attend Mr. Attorney General 
[fo. 97, 353] in the passing of the commissions for the tryal of pirates 
in America. 

A memorial from Mr. Champante in behalf of Captain Nanfan 
[jo. 102, 274], late Lieutenant Governour of New Yorke, was read, 
and a letter writ to Mr. Lowndes according to the minutes of the 
22nd instant [fo. 103]. 

The draughts of letters to Colonel Handasyd, Sir Bevill Granville 
and Sir William Mathew [fo. 114] were agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

A memorial from Mr. Lodwick praying for their lordships speedy 
representation upon an Act past at New Yorke declaring the 
illegality of the proceedings against Colonel Nicholas Bayard and 
Alderman John Hutchins for pretended high treason and for reversing 
and making null and void the said judgements and all proceedings 
thereon, which he lately left here, was read. Whereupon ordered 



Virginia. 

Letter from 
Mr. Thompson, 
Attorney General. 



Massaehusets. 

New York. 

Maryland. 

Virginia. 

Bermuda. 

Letters 

to the Qovemours. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes 

about commissions for 

trying pirates. 

New Yorke. 

Memorial from 

Mr. Champante in 

behalf of Captain 

Nanfan. 

Letter to Mr. Lowndes. 

Jamaica. 

Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letters 
to the Governours. 

New Yorke. 

Memorial from 

Mr. Lodwick about the 

Act relating to Bayard 

and Hutchins. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS P- 113-116. 



1704. 

The Act sent to 
Mr. Attorney General, 

Barbados. 

Letter from 

Mr. Cox about his 

brother's suspension. 

Representation 
thereon to be prepared. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about a day of 

thanksgiving. 

Circular letters on that 
subject. 

Jamaica. 

Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letters 
to the Governours. 

Virginia. 

Representation on 
Bills. 

Barbados. 

Representation 

for restoring 

Mr. Cox to his place 

in the Council. 

Nevis. 

Representation 

for confirming 

Colonel Johnson, 

Lieutenant Governour. 



Bermuda. 

Order of Council 

for amendments to the 

additional instructions 

relating to the 

Habeas Corpus Act. 

Plantations General. 
Jamaica. 

Letter from 

Secretary Hedges about 

English prisoners. 

New York. 

Proceedings relating 

to the Eagle gaily 

seized at New York. 

Sent to 

Mr. Attorney General. 



that the said Act be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion 
in point of law [fo. 117], and that Mr. Lodwick have notice thereof. 
A letter from Mr. Cox, relating to the suspension of his brother 
from the Council of Barbados, was read, and directions given for 
preparing a representation [fo. 115] to her Majesty thereupon. 

August 25. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Seeretary Hedges desiring to know her Majesty's 
pleasure about a day of thanksgiving to be appointed in the 
plantations for the late success of her Majesty's armes on the 
Danube, was signed. As also circular letters upon that subject 
to all the Governours and proprietors in America. 

Letters to Colonel Handasyd, Govemour of Jamaica [fo. 113], 
Sir Bevil Granville, Govemour of Barbados, and Sir William Matthew, 
Governor of the Leeward Islands, was signed. 

A representation [fo. 99, 120] upon the body of Virginia Bills 
transmitted from Colonel Nicholson, was signed. 

A representation as ordered in yesterday's minutes for restoring 
Mr. Cox [fo. 114, 128] of Barbados to his place in the Councill of 
that Island, was signed. 

Colonel Whetham attending and desiring their lordships to report 
upon his memorials presented to the Board the 13th and 21st of the 
last month [Jo. 92, 86] relating to Colonel John Johnson's being 
Lieutenant Governour of Nevis, a representation was drawn and 
signed accordingly [fo. 116]. 

An Order of Councill of the 17th instant upon a representation 
[fo. 96, 116] of the same date with an additional instruction to 
Colonel Bennet, in lieu of an Act for the liberty of the subject, 
which has been repealed, directing this Board to make some amend- 
ments in the said instructions, was read, and the said amendments 
made accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges desiring to know what 
English prisoners the French have in the West Indies, was read, and 
an answer returned thereunto. 

The proceedings of a court of Admiralty [fo. 102, 116, 141] held 
at New Yorke the 8th April, 1704, relating to the Eagle gaily, 
Captain John Davidson, commander, as also a journal of particular 
account of all transactions which have happened relating to the 
seizure of the said ship not taken notice of in the proceedings above- 
mentioned, being received from Colonel Byerly, were laid before the 
Board, and thereupon ordered that the said papers, as also the 
Lord Cornbury's letter [fo. 102] of the 26th of June last be sent 
to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion thereupon, and that notice 
thereof be given to Sir Jeoffry Jeoffries on the one side, and to 
Mr. Barker in behalf of Mr. Byerly on the other. 

September 12, Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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A copy of an Order of Covmciil of the 6th instant upon a representa- 
tion of this Board of the 25th of the last month [fo. 115] proposing 
Colonel John Johnson to be Lieutenant Governour of Nevis, 
approving the same, was read. 

A memorandum upon a representation [fo. 115, 96] of the 17th 
of the last month, with an instruction to Colonel Bennet in lieu of an 
Habeas Corpus Act signifying that her Majesty has not thought 
fit to give any order therein, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 5th instant, refering 
to this Board a memorial from the Envoy of Denmark relating to 
some Danish vessells condemned at Jamaica and Barbados, was 
read, and an answer thereunto agreed upon and signed. 

Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 113, 140] upon an Act past 
at New Yorke declareing the illegality of the 'proceedings against 
Colonel Nicholas Bayard and Alderman John Hvtchins for pretended 
high treason, and for reversing and making null and voyd the said 
judgment and all proceedings thereupon, which was sent him the 
24th of the last month, was read, and thereupon ordered that a copy 
of the said report be sent to the Lord Cornbury that he endeavour 
to get a clause for indemnifying such persons as have acted in those 
proceedings, added to that Act, according to Mr. Attorney General's 
foresaid report. 

Two letters from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 73, 118] of the 28th of 
July and 12th instant were read. 

An Order of Ccuncill [fo. 117] of the 6th instant refering to this 
Board the petition of Mr. Jeronomy Clifford, setting forth the 
delays he met with from the persons to whom the examination 
of his accounts is refer'd, and directing their lordships to recom- 
mend to the said persons the hastening their report, was read ; 
whereupon directions were given [v. infra] for preparing a letter 
to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland accordingly. 

September 13. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Dummer giving an account of the proceedings 
of the Prince packet boat to and from the West Indies, was read. 

A letter to Mr. Samuel Shepherd [fo. 129], Mr. John Gardner and 
Mr. Jacob Oosterland, as ordered in yesterday's minutes [v. supra] 
relating to Mr. Clifford, was signed. 

Then their lordships took into consideration the minutes of 
Councill and journals of the Assembly of Barbados [fo. 120] and read 
the journal of the Assembly from the 27th of October, 1702, to the 
8th of June, 1703. 

Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 



1704. 
Nevis. 

Copy of an Order of 

Council approving 

Mr. Johnson to be 

Lieutenant Governour. 

Bermuda. 

Memorandum, about 

the instruction in lieu 

of the Habeas 

Corpus Act. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from 

Mr. Harley with a 

■memorial from the 

Danish Envoy for 

reclaiming some 

Danish vessells. 

New Yorke. 

Attorney General's 
report upon Act relat- 
ing to Bayard and 
Hutchins. 



Surinam. 

Tico letters from 
Mr. Clifford. 

Surinam. 

Order of Council upon 

Clifford's petition 

desiring a dispatch in 

his accounts. 

Letter thereupon to the 

persons to whom the 

said accounts are 

refer'd. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from 

Mr. Dummer about 

the Prince Packet-boat. 

Surinam. 

Letter to the merchants 

who have Clifford's 
accounts, for dispatch. 

Barbados. 

Publick proceedings 
under consideration. 



September 14. 

Mr. Prior. 
A letter from Mr. Secretary Harley [fo. 130] of the 12th instant 
relating to the hardships the forces at Jamaica labour under, was . 

, ° . -i-ii t Secretary Harley about 

read ; whereupon ordered that what has been already done upon the soldiers' hardships. 
that subject be looked out and laid before the Board to-morrow 
[H. fo. 426 &c.]. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from Mr. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 119-122. 



1704. 
Barbados. 

Merchants' memorial 
about convoys. 



Barbados. 

African Company's 

memorial about 

convoys. 

Trade. 

Canary merchants' 
memorial about hard- 
ships received in those 
islands. 

Letter to 

Mr. Pouldon &c. 

thereupon. 



Virginia. 

Copy of an 

Order of Councill for 

Dudley Diggs to be 

Counsellour. 

Order of Council 
on the representation 
about Virginia Bills. 

Barbados. 

Journals of Assembly 
under consideration. 



Barbados. 

Letter from 

Mr. Holder about 

convoy. 

The memorials about 

convoys read a 

second time. 

Letter to Mr. Bridges 
thereupon. 



Journals of 

Assembly under 

consideration. 



Barbados. 

Letter from 

Sir Beville Granville 

with minutes of 

Councill. 



A memorial from several merchants and planters of Barbados 
[fo. 121] desiring a convoy for that island in October next, was 
read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Bridges 
[fo. 121] to desire to know what number of ships will be ready at 
that time to saile to Barbados. 

A memorial from the Royal African Company [fo, 121], desiring 
that two convoys a year may be appointed for Barbados, and the 
Leeward Islands, was read. 

A reference from Mr. Secretary Harley upon the petition of 
several merchants trading to the Canary Islands, relating to 
hardships they had received there from Mr. Pouldon and others, 
being presented to the Board by Mr. Samuel Swan and other com- 
plainants, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ 
to the said Pouldon and those concerned with him, that they attend 
the Board on Thursday next [fo. 124], and these gentlemen were 
desired to attend at the same time. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 23rd of February last, upon 
a representation of the 16th of the same month [H. fo. 408] for 
constituting Colonel Dudley Diggs a counsellour in Virginia, 
approving the same, was read. 

An Order of Councill of the 6th instant upon a representation 
of the 25th of the last month [fo. 114] relating to a body of Virginia 
Bills, approving the same, was read. 

Then their lordships proceeded in considering the journals of 
the Assembly of Barbados [Jo. 119, 121] and read those from the 
8th of June to the 3rd of August, and from the 31st of August to the 
2nd of November, 1703. 

September 19. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Holder of the 15th instant, in answer to one 
writ to Mr. Bridges the 14th ditto [fo. 119], desiring to know what 
number of ships would be ready to saile for Barbados in October next 
was read. 

The memorial from several merchants and planters of Barbados 
[fo. 119, 120] as also the memorial of the Royal African Company, 
relating to convoys appointed for that island, mentioned in the 
last minutes were again read ; whereupon ordered that a letter be 
writ to Mr. Bridges and Mr. Holder [fo. 122] to desire them together 
with the rest of the gentlemen concerned, to attend the Board 
to-morrow morning upon that matter. 

Then their lordships proceeded further in the consideration 
of the journals of the Assembly of Barbados [fo. 120. 124], and 
read those from the 2nd November, 1703, to the 16th of March, 
170f, and from the 8th of February, 1703, to the 16th of May, 1704. 

Letter from Sir Bevill Granville, Governor of Barbados, to the 
Board dated the 2nd of July last, together with the minutes of 
Councill from the 26th of May, 1704, to the 27th of June, 1704, 
therein refer'd to, were laid before their lordships and read. 



September 20. 
Mr. Prior. 



Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 



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Mr. Holder [fo. 121, 123] with several Barbados merchants 
as also the Governour of the Royal African Company attending 
upon the subjects of their late memorials relating to convoys for 
Barbados, and being asked several questions upon that subject, 
their answer in substance was as follows : — That 26 out of 37 of 
their ships having been taken this year by the French, it was 
absolutely necessary to send another fleet with goods, utensills &c. 
for the supply of that island. That they should have by the end 
of October 12 ships certain which would be ready to saile for that 
island. But if they could be assured of convoy there would be more 
than 20, besides several others that would take that opportunity of 
sailing to the Leeward Islands. That whatever the number of 
ships may be that shall now go out, double that number, by the addi- 
tion of other ships from other plantations will return with the convoy 
that was now desired, which they prayed might be one 4th and 
one 6th rate. That the fleet now intended for Barbados be allowed 
to stay but 70 days after their arrival there, and that then two of 
the guard ships now there, do come away as convoys to the home- 
ward bound fleet, and the two now desired remain in their stead. 
They added that it was absolutely necessary for the good of that 
island that two convoys be annually sent thither. They further 
said that they expected a fleet of 40 ships from thence in November 
next, and that they designed to make their application at the 
Admiralty for cruizers to meet them about the mouth of the 
Channell. 

After these gentlemen were withdrawn [fo. 122, 128] their lord- 
ships drew up and signed a representation thereupon. 



1704. 
Barbados. 

Merchants and 
the Governour of the 
Royal African Com- 
pany about convoys. 



Barbados. 

Representation 
about convoys. 



September 21. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the minutes of 
Councill of Barbados [fo. 121] and read those from the 5th October 
to the 21st of December, 1703, from the 18th of January, 170 J, 
to the 8th of April following, and from the 28th of April to the 
16th of May, 1704. 

Mr. Raworth attending [fo. 120, 125] and desiring copies of the 
papers annexed to the petition of the Canary merchants mentioned 
in the minutes of the 14th instant, and further time to answer the 
same, their lordships ordered that copies be given him accordingly, 
and appointed Tuesday next for receiving his answer. And the 
gentlemen on the other side attending afterwards were acquainted 
with the same thing. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 127] to desire 
to know the number and rates of ships of war now on the service 
of Barbados, the Leeward Islands and Jamaica. 



A letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 28th of July last, was read, 
and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board and are 
as follows : — 

List of the fleet under convoy of three of her Majesty's men of 
war, which sailed from Jamaica the 11th July last. 



Barbados. 

Minutes of Council 
under consideration. 



Trade. 

Canary merchants. 



Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Jamaica. 

Letter to Mr. Burchet 

about ships attending 

tlwsc islands. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from the 
Governour. 

Publick papers. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 125-128. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from 
Colonel Codrington. 



Trade. 

Answer to Canary 
merchants' petition. 



Copy given for 
their reply. 

Barbados. 

Complaints against 
the Govcrnour. 



1704. 

Minutes of Council! of the 4th and 27th July, 1704. 

Minutes of Councillin Assembly from the 11th April, 1704, to the 
13th of June following. Duplicate. 

Acts past at a General Assembly in April, May and June, 1704. 
Duplicate. 

A letter from Colonel Codrington to the Board, dated at Antegoa 
the 8th of July last, was read. 

September 26. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Ra worth and Mr. Taylor [fo. 124, 129] presented to their 
lordships their answer to the Canary merchants' petition, which 
was read, and the Canary merchants at the same time attending 
and desiring a copy thereof, in order to make their reply, their 
lordships ordered that a copy be given them accordingly, and that 
both sides attend again on Tuesday next. 

Mr. Heysham [fo. 129, 131] with several merchants and planters 
of Barbados presented to their lordships the following papers, viz. : — 
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 20th instant refering 
to the Board a petition [fo. 131] from some of the Assembly at 
Barbados to her Majesty, containing complaints against Sir Bevill 
Granville. An Order of Councill [fo. 134] of the 21st instant upon 
the petition of four of the members of the Councill of Barbados, 
praying to be restored to their places in the said Councill, from which 
they had been suspended by Sir Bevill Granville. The answers 
of the four abovesaid gentlemen to Sir Bevill Granville's reasons 
for suspending them, and a memorial [fo. 134, 269] to the Board 
from the said four suspended members, in vindication of their 
proceedings. Whereupon their lordships acquainted these gentle- 
men that Sir Bevil Granville having promised a full account of all 
these matters by the next packet boat, they could not come to 
any determination till then ; and if they would call here on 
Thursday sev'night they should be informed whether any such 
account was then come or no. 

Sir John Stanley attending afterwards and desiring copies of such 
papers as had been or should be presented to the Board against 
Sir Bevill Granville, ordered that he have copies accordingly. 

The secretary laid before the Board a particular of the charge 
Treasurer about passing dishursed hl passing the account of the money formerly received 
the account of money by way of imprest for the service of this Board, through the several 
offices according to the methods of the Exchequer, and desiring 
their lordships' favourable recommendation thereof to the Lord 
Treasurer in order to his final discharge. A letter to that effect was 
accordingly signed. 

October 3. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Clark, secretary to his Royal Highness the 
Lord High Admiral (in answer to one writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 124] 
the 21st of the last month) with a list of the ships of war attending 
on Barbados, Jamaica and the Leeward Islands, was read. 



Copies thereof to be 

given to 
Sir John Stanley. 

Miscellanies. 

Letter to the Lord 



formerly received for 
this Office. 



Barbados. 

Jamaica. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Mr. Clark 

about ships attending 

those islands. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from the 
Governour. 



A letter from Sir William Mathew, dated at the Maderas the 
14th June last, was read. 



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Copy of an Order of Councill of the 6th of September, upon a 
representation of the 25th of August last for restoring Mr. Cox 
[fo. 115] to his place in the Councill of Barbados, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 21st September last, upon 
a representation [fo. 123] of the 20th of the same month relating 
to convoys for Barbados and the Leeward Islands, refering the 
same to the Lord High Admiral's Councill, was read. 

An Order of Council of the 6th of September refering to this 
Board the petition of Mr. Chilton [fo. 200], Attorney General of 
Barbados, praying for leave to be absent one year from that island, 
for the recovery of his health, was read. 

Mr. Nathanael Carey [fo. 131] acquainted their lordships that 
being sent from New England by Colonel Dudley with letters and 
other papers for this Board [fo. 244], he was obliged to throw the 
same into the sea, being chased and at last taken by a French 
privateer ; but having collected some of the particulars in the 
foresaid papers relating to ammunition and stores of war, he 
presented to their lordships a memorial relating thereunto, which 
was read. 

Unto which he added that they were in great want of small 
armes, and prayed that her Majesty might be moved to give them 
2 or 300 for the use of the militia there. 

Mr. Swan and other Canary merchants [fo. 125] presented to 
their lordships their reply to Mr. Ra worth and Mr. Taylor's answer 
to their complaints, which was read, and a copy thereof ordered to 
be sent to Mr. Raworth for his rejoynder, in case he have anything 
to say thereunto [fo. 141]. 

A letter from Mr. Clifford [fo. 118, 227] of the 22nd of the last 
month, praying that he may have a copy of the report to be made 
by Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland upon his accounts 
before their lordships represent that matter to her Majesty, was 
read ; whereupon the Secretary was ordered to acquaint 
Mr. Clifford that their lordships would grant his desire. 



1704. 
Barbados. 

Copy of an Order of 

Councill for restoring 

Mr. Cox to his place 

in the Council. 

Copy of an 

Order of Council about 

convoys dec. 



Order of Council on 

Mr. Chilton's petition 

to be absent a year. 



New England. 
Mr. Gary 

lately come from thence 
at the Board. 



His memorial 

about small arms 

wanting etc. 



Trade. 
Mr. Swan, &c, reply 

to Raworth and 

Taylor's answer about 

complaints. 

Copy thereof sent 
to Mr. Raworth. 

Miscellanies. 

Letter from 

Mr. Clifford desiring 

to see the merchants' 

report on his accounts. 

Answer. 



October 5. Present as before. 

Mr. Heysham with several Barbados gentlemen [fo. 126, 131] 
attending, presented to their lordships the copy of a Bill for raising- 
two companies of granadiers in Barbados, which they said was the 
occasion of the differences there ; and desiring their lordships' 
report upon the papers of complaints they presented to the Board 
the 26th of last month [fo. 126]. They were acquainted that so 
soon as there was a Board those papers should be taken into con- 
sideration, but that Sir Bevill Granville having promised in his 
last letter to send a particular account of those matters, their lord- 
ships could not take any final determination therein till they heard 
from him, which they expected by the first packet. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Heysham 
and others at the Board 
with copy of a Bill for 
raising two companies 

of granadiers. 



October 10. 
Mr. Prior. 



Present :— Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1. 130-133. 



1704. 
Jamaica. 

Draught of Utter to 

Mr. Secretary Harley 

about soldiers. 

Barbados. 

Petition 

against the Governour 

again read. 



New England. 

Phips and Gary 
about smal arms. 



New England. 

Letter to Mr. Burchet 
to know what ships 
have been appointed. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from 
the Governour. 

New Hampshire. 

Order of Councill 

confirming the Act to 

do military service. 



Pennsylvania. 

Attorney General's 
report upon Acts. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to 

Mr. Secretary Harley 

about soldiers. 

Barbados. 
Complaints. 



Ordered that the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley be 
prepared, in answer to one from him of the 12th of the last month, 
[fo. 119, 133] relating to the soldiers at Jamaica. 

The petition of seven of the Assembly of Barbados [fo. 126, 129, 
133] refer 'd to this Board by Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter of the 
20th of the last month, was again read, and several notes made 
thereupon, and those that appear for the petitioners are to be 
desired to prove the allegations in the said petition. 

October 12. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Phips with Mr. Cary [fo. 128] lately arrived from New England 
attending, the memorial presented to the Board by the said Cary 
the 3rd instant was again read. Unto which the said Cary added 
that the government of the Massachusets Bay had sent over goods 
to the value of 300Z. for the buying of small armes in the ship in which 
he came, but that the said goods being taken and carryed into 
France, he had not money to purchase the said armes with ; and 
in consideration thereof and of the loss of the ship in which he came, 
which will stand the government of New England in 1,0001., he 
prayed their lordships to interceed with her Majesty to bestow 
500 small armes upon them. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to desire to know 
whether any ships of war have been appointed for New England, 
upon the extract of a representation of this Board, which was 
refer'd to his Royal Highness by her Majesty's Order in Councill 
of 3rd of August last [fo. 97]. 

Letter from Colonel Handasyd to the Board dated 8th July last, 
was read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 18th May last, upon a 
representation of the same date [fo. 43] upon an Act for obliging 
the inhabitants of New Hampshire to do military service, and for 
raising money for a stock of provisions to be in each town ready 
for a march against the enemy, confirming the same, was read. 

October 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Borret presented to their lordships Mr. Attorney General's 
report [H. 136 ; fo. 140] upon a collection of the Pennsylvania 
Acts past there in 1700 and 1701 ; and he acquainted their lordships 
that Mr, Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General would in a short time 
dispatch the report upon the extract of a representation of this 
Board of the 10th of July last upon Colonel Dudley's letters relating 
to irregularities in Rhode Island and Connecticut which had been 
refer'd to them by an Order of Councill of the 3rd of August last. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley [fo. 130] in answer to his of the 
12th of the last month relating to the soldiers of Jamaica, was 
signed. 

Then their lordships took into consideration the copy of a Bill 
[fo. 129, 131, 134] entituled An Act for the security of the bays, towns 
and sea coasts of this island from the insults of her Majesty's enemies, 



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and to 'prevent our enimies gaining of intelligence by the running 
away of boats, which was presented to the Board the 5th instant 
by the Barbados gentlemen, who complain against Sir Bevill 
Granville and made some notes thereupon. 



1704. 



October 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

The Order of Council of the 21st of September last [fo. 126, 133, 
135] upon the petition of the four gentlemen suspended from the 
Council of Barbados, as also the memorial from the said suspended 
members presented to the Board the 26th of the last month, were 
read ; and thereupon ordered that the gentlemen who appear 
for the suspended counsellors be acquainted that their lordships will 
represent to her Majesty that according to their request they 
may have copies of such proofs as Sir Bevill Granville shall transmit 
against them, and time and liberty to make their defence. And 
that they may freely take depositions in Barbados in vindication 
of themselves, as well as the Governour for himself giving each 
other copies thereof before their transmitting the same to England, 
that they may be the better inabled respectively to make their 
defence. 

Ordered that the gentlemen who appear in behalf of the aforesaid 
suspended counsellors [fo. 134, 136] as also for the gentlemen of the 
Assembly who complain against Sir Beville Granville, have notice 
to attend the Board on Thursday morning next, and that they 
bring with them what they may have further to offer in relation 
to their complaints. 

And further ordered that a letter be writ to the agents of Barbados 
[fo. 136] and to Mr. Chester, agent for Sir Beville Granville to inquire 
of them whether there be any Act for settling the number to make 
a quorum in the Assembly of Barbados, and if no such Act, then 
how and when the said quorum came to be fifteen. 

Mr. Manning with Mrs. Forness [Jo. 143], daughter to Mr. Harris, 
deceased, late seal cutter to her Majesty, attending, presented to 
their lordships a great seal for the Leeward Islands, and acquainted 
their lordships that she had other seals for the plantations which 
were begun, and particularly one half finished by the said Harris 
before his death ; and therefore she prayed that their lordships 
would intercede for her to my Lord Treasurer for the payment 
of this seal she now presented, and for liberty to finish those the said 
Harris had begun. Whereupon ordered that the Secretary acquaint 
the Board at the next meeting what seals are wanting for the 
plantations. 

October 18. — Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows 
Mr. Blathwayt. 

Their lordships proceeded further in the consideration of the 
several papers of complaints against Sir Beville Granville [fo. 135, 
137], and made some further observations thereupon. 

October 19. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 



Barbados. 

Order of Council on 

petition of the four 

suspended counsellors. 

And memorial of the 

members of Assembly 

again read. 

Copies of papers to be 

given interchangably 

by each party. 



The complainants 
to be summoned. 



Letter to the agents 

about the quorum of 

the Assembly. 



Leeward Islands. 

Mrs. Forness 
with a new seal. 



Barbados. 

Complaints. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I 136-139. 



1704. 
Barbados. 

Mr. Bridges &c. 

ubout quorum of 

Assembly. 



They think 12 to be a 
sufficient quorum. 

Representation to be 
prepared thereupon. 



Mr. Heysham dbc. 
about proofs against 
Sir Beville Granville. 



They desire a 
commission of inquiry. 

The method 
lately used in the like 

case relating to the 
Governor of Virginia 

proposed to them. 



And heads of 

complaints given them 

for their proofs to be 

sent to Sir Beville. 



Heads of memorial 

given to the persons 

who appear in behalf 

of the four suspended 

counsellours for their 

proofs. 

Mr. Meine and others 

desire that copies of 

all papers may be sent 

to Sir Beville. 



Order of Councill on 
petition of Mr. Fouler- 
ton complaining of 
delays of justice. 



Mr. Bridges, Mr. Holder and Mr. Chester [fo. 135] attending 
as they had been desired according to the minutes of the 17th 
instant, said that they know not of any Act for settling the number 
to make a quorum in the Assembly of Barbados, nor did they 
know how it came to be 15. But that they would make inquiry, 
and if they learnt anything in that matter they would give their 
lordships an account thereof. However they thought that the 
number of 15 was too great for a quorum when the Assembly con- 
sisted but of 22 persons, and might be attended with the like 
ill consequences, as of late, if it were not altered, and that the 
number of 12 might be sufficient. Upon their being withdrawn, 
their lordships taking that matter into further consideration, gave 
directions for preparing a representation to her Majesty [fo. 142] 
that she would by her royal prerogative, be pleased to reduce the 
quorum of the Assembly from 15 to 12, that number being the 
major part of the Assembly, and further offering their opinion that 
her Majesty be pleased to give her directions that no counsellor do 
by virtue of his place claim any privilege to prevent his paying 
his just debts or otherwise. 

Mr. William Heysham [fo. 136, 145] and several gentlemen of 
Barbados, who appear against Sir Beville Granville, attending, 
and those who solhcit in behalf of seven of the Assembly being 
first asked whether they had anything further to offer relating 
to their complaints, they answered that they had nothing at 
present but what they would produce as proofs ; that they could 
prove some of their allegations here, and as for the others they 
desired to have a commission of inquiry for making out in Barbados. 
Whereupon they were told that lately in a case of the like nature 
(being complaints against the govern our of Virginia) such proofs 
as could be made here were presented to the Board before any 
report was made to her Majesty, and that her Majesty was pleased 
to direct the complaints and proofs to be sent over to the Governour 
for his answer, with liberty to the complainants to make out their 
other proofs in Virginia in the ordinary way, but without any 
particular commission of inquiry ; and that their lordships thought 
themselves obliged to proceed in the same method in the present 
case, and therefore desired those gentlemen to produce such proofs 
as they were able to make here, and particularly to several heads 
extracted out of their complaints, a copy whereof was now 
delivered to them, which were afterwards to be transmitted the 
Governour for his answer. 

As for the gentlemen who appear in behalf of the four suspended 
counsellors, that part of the minutes of the 17th [fo. 135] which 
relates to them, was read, and a paper given to them containing 
several heads in their memorial unto which their lordships desire 
also particular proofs. 

Mr. Patrick Mein, Mr. Chester and Mr. Foulerton attending at 
the same time, acquainted their lordships that they had no 
instructions from Sir Beville Granville in these matters, but hoped 
that copies of all papers might be sent to him for his answer before 
there be any proceeding against him. 

An Order of Councill of the 6th July last upon the petition of 
Mr. Thomas Foulerton complaining of the delays of justice which 



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49 



he meets with in Barbados, by reason that Mr. Maycock his 
adversary is chief judge of one of the courts of common pleas, a 
colonel of the militia and justice of the peace in that island, directing 
this Board to write to the Govern our thereupon, being read, 
ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Beville Granville accordingly 
[fo. 142]. 

The secretary's account of petty expences, Mr. Churchill's account 
of stationary ware, and Mr. Short's account of postage of letters, 
being for one quarter of a year from midsummer to Michaelmas last, 
were laid before the Board, and a letter to the Lord Treasurer signed, 
praying his lordship's orders thereupon. 

Ordered that Mr. Lodwick be desired to attend the Board on 
Tuesday next upon Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 117, 143] 
on an Act past at New Yorke declaring the illegality of the 
proceedings against Colonel Bayard and Alderman Hut chins for 
pretended high treason and for reversing and making null and 
void the said judgment and all proceedings thereupon. 

The secretary acquainting their lordships that Mr. Attorney 
and Mr. Sollicitor General have returned several laws of Maryland, 
Barbados, New Hampshire, Bermuda, Leeward Islands, 
Massachusets Bay, Virginia and Pennsylvania ; whereupon ordered 
that a copy of Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 132] upon the 
Pennsylvania laws be communicated to Mr. Penn. 



Two letters from Mr. Evans, Deputy Governour of Pennsylvania, 
dated 12th March and 30th of May last, relating to the state of that 
province, as also the proclamation refer'd to in the later of them 
requiring the inhabitants to furnish themselves with armes, was 
read. 

Mr. Ra worth, Mr. Maxey and Mr. Taylor presented to the Board 
their rejoynder to the Canary merchants reply [fo. 129, 142] sent 
them the 3rd instant, which was read, and a copy thereof ordered 
to be sent to Mr. Swan and the other Canary merchants. 

A letter from Sir Nathanael Johnson, Deputy Governour of 
Carolina, dated July the 13th, 1703, inclosing copies of several 
depositions relating to a Bermuda vessell trading with negroes 
from the coast of Guinea, was read ; whereupon ordered that a 
copy of the said letter be sent to Mr. Lowndes for the opinion of 
the Commissioners of the Customes thereupon, and to the Royal 
African Company [fo. 147] for their information, and that they return 
an answer to this Board of what they know or propose therein. 

A letter from Mr. Broughton, Attorney General of New Yorke, 
dated the 27th of June last, relating to his being Advocate General 
in the courts of Admiralty in the Massachusets Bay and Rhode 
Island, and to the seizure of the Eagle gaily [fo. 115, 142] at New 
Yorke, was presented to the Board by Mr. Jennings. 



1704. 



Letter 

to be writ to the 

Governor thereupon. 

Miscellanies. 

Letter 
to Lord Treasurer 

with accounts 

of incidentals for a 

quarter ending 

at Michaelmas. 

New York. 
Letter 

to Mr. Lodwick 

about Act 

relating to Bayard 

and Hutchins. 



Maryland. 

Barbados. 

New Hampshire. 

Bermuda. 

Leeward Islands. 

Massachusets. 

Virginia. 

Pennsylvania. 

Attorney and 

Sollicitor General's 

reports on laws. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from 
Deputy Governour. 



Trade. 

Ra worth &c, their 

rejoynder to Canary 

merchants' reply. 

Copy 
sent to Stvan, &c. 

Carolina. 

Letter from 
Deputy Governour. 



Letter 

to Mr. Lowndes and 
Royal African Com- 
pany thereupon. 

New Yorke. 

Letter 

from Mr. Broughton 

Attorny General. 



October 20. Present : — Mr. 

Mr. Blathwayt, 
Wt. 16557. 



Cecil!, Sir Philip Meadows, 



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1704. 
Trade. 

Mr. Raworth's 

Tcjoynder given to 

Mr. Swan. 

Barbados. 

Draught of a letter 

to the Governour on 

Foulerton's petition. 

New Yorke. 

Eagle gaily. 



Mr. Swan and other Canary merchants attending, Mr. Raworth's 
rejcynder mentioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 141, 144] was 
delivered to them for their observations thereupon. 

The draught of a letter to Sir Bevill Granville [fo. 139, 144] upon 
the petition of Mr. Foulerton, as directed in yesterday's minutes, 
was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. • 

The Lord Cornbury's letter of the 26th June last [fo. 102, 141] 
relating to the seizure of the Eagle gaily at New Yorke, as also 
Mr. Broughton's letter mentioned in yesterday's minutes, were 
read. 



Barbados. 

Draught 

of a representation 

about quorum of 

Assembly under 

consideration. 

Plantations General. 

Mrs. Forness, 
daughter to Mr. 

Harris, 
about seals, &c. 



New Yorke. 

Lodwick 

about Act reversing 

the attainder 

of Bayard and 

Hutchins. 



Trade. 

Mr. Swan &c, 

answer to 

Raworth's rtjoynder. 



Barbados. 

Letter 

to the Oovernour 

about 

Mr. Foulerton. 



October 24. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

The draught of a representation [fo. 137, 146] relating to the 
quorum of the Assembly of Barbados and the counsellors in the 
plantations assuming priviledge whereby they shelter themselves 
from prosecutions on account of their debts, was read, and some 
progress made therein. 

A memorial from Mrs. Forness, daughter to Mr. Harris, deceased, 
[fo. 135], late seal ingraver to her Majesty, setting forth that 
whereas her father had received orders from this Board for making 
new seals for the several plantations, they were immediatly put 
in hand, and one for the Leeward Islands finished, one for New 
York half done, and the rest in some forwardness, which would be 
a great loss to her son (who is legatee to the said Harris) if he had 
not orders for finishing the same. And thereupon praying that 
he may have their lordships' directions therein, was read ; and 
directions given for preparing a letter to the Lord Treasurer there- 
upon [fo. 146]. 

Mr. Lodwick attending [fo. 140, 208] as directed, and Mr. Attorney 
General's report upon an Act past at New Yorke for reversing the 
attainders of Colonel Bayard and Alderman Hutchins, being read, 
Mr. Lodwick said that in case their lordships would be pleased to 
offer the said Act to her Majesty for her royal confirmation, he 
with another would be bound in five thousand pounds, that the 
said Bayard and Hutchins should give the Lord Cornbury sufficient 
security that they would not prosecute any persons at New Yorke 
upon account of the proceedings had against them, and promised 
to attend the Board hereupon on Thursday or Friday next. 

Mr. Swan with other Canary merchants presented to their lord- 
ships their answer to Mr. Raworth's rejoynder [fo. 142], which was 
read, and they promised to bring a deposition from the master of 
the neuteral ship to prove Mr. Raworth's sending effects to the 
Canaries since the war. Whereupon ordered that an abstract of all 
the papers [Jo. 147] presented to their lordships by both sides 
be laid before the Board at the next meeting. 

A letter to Sir Beville Granville [fo. 142], upon the petition of 
Mr. Foulerton mention 'd in the minutes of the 20th instant, was 
signed. 

October 26. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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51 



Mr. Bernard and Mr. Lillington attending [fo. 137, 165] in behalf of 
the four suspended members of the Councill of Barbados, and being 
asked for their proofs to the several heads extracted out of their 
complaints which was delivered to them the 19th instant, they 
said that they were not willing to accuse or calumniate the Governor, 
but only desired to clear themselves of what the Governour had 
charged them with, which they hoped they have done by their 
memorial presented to their lordships the 26th of the last month ; 
but being told that since they had charg'd the Governour with several 
matters of a high nature, their lordships could not report to her 
Majesty till they withdrew their memorial or proved the same. 
Whereupon they promised to bring such proofs as they could make 
here, and for the rest, they desired that some considerable persons 
in Barbados might be ordered to take their affidavits. To which 
the Board replyed they are ready to report to her Majesty that 
the Governour be ordered to give free liberty to all persons concerned, 
to make affidavit before any judge or justice of the peace of what 
they know in these matters. 

A representation [fo. 142 et infra] relating to the quorum of the 
Assembly in Barbados, and to counsellors assuming a priviledge 
whereby they shelter themselves from prosecution for debts in 
the plantations, was signed. 

A letter to the Lord Treasurer upon the memorial of 
Mrs. Porness, relating to the making the seals for the plantations 
[fo. 202, 210]. as directed the 24th instant, was signed [fo. 143]. 

October 27. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 26th instant [v. supra] upon a 
representation of the same date, relating to the quorum of the 
Assembly of Barbados and to the priviledge of counsellors directing 
their lordships to consult Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solhcitor General 
what method they can propose for punishing such members as 
have wilfully absented from the Assembly of Barbados, being 
read, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney and 
Mr. Solhcitor General [fo. 153, 262] inclosing a copy of the said 
representation and order, as also an extract of her Majesty's 
commission to Sir Beville Granville, whereby Assemblies are 
constituted in that island, and desiring their speedy report there- 
upon. 

An abstract of all the papers presented to their lordships by 
the Canary merchants and by Mr. Raworth [fo. 144], being laid 
before the Board and read, ordered that letters be writ to 
Mr. Raworth and to Mr. Swan [fo. 148] to desire them to call here 
to-morrow morning, in order to the agreeing upon a day for the 
hearing of both sides. 

Mr. Perry, secretary to the Royal African Company [fo. 141], 
presented to their lordships the said company's answer to the letter 
writ them the 19th instant, inclosing a copy of a letter from 
Sir Nathanael Johnson, Deputy Governour of Carolina, dated the 



1704. 
Barbados. 

Mr. Bernard 

and Mr. Lillington 

about the 

four suspended 

members. 



They promise 

to get 

what proofs they can 

and desire 

to take affidavits 

in Barbados. 



Barbados. 

Representation about 
quorum of Assembly, 

and Counsellors 

assuming a priviledg 

&c. against paying 

their debts. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to Lord 
Treasurer about seals 
being finish' d by the 
heirs of Mr. Harris. 



Barbados. 

Order of Council on 

representation about 

quorum of Assembly 

and priviledge 

of counsellors. 

Attorney and Sollicitor 
General to be consulted. 

Letter to them with 
copy of the order and 

representation and 

extract of Sir Beville 

Granvil's commission 

relating to Assemblies 

for their opinion. 

Trade. 

Abstract of Canary 
merchants' papers. 

Letters 
to them about fixing 
a day for a hearing. 

Carolina. 

African Company's 
answer to the letter 
writ them about a 

Bermuda sloop trad- 
ing with negroes. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS U- 147 - 150 - 



1704. 



New England. 

Representation 

to be prepared 

on Mr. Gary's 

memorial. 



Massachusets. 

Draught 

of re presentation about 

stores of war &c. 

Letter to Mr. Cary to 

■inquire what sort of 

guns are wanted. 

Trade. 

Raworth, 

Mr. Cary and 

Mr. Maxey 

at the Board. 



Virginia. 

Five men of war to saile 

thither in 

December next. 

Mr. Jennings 
about his petition. 



Order of Council 

on petition 

of Richard Baily 

for a 

ship to come from 

Virginia. 



Trade. 

Order 
of House of Lords 
for a state of trade 

since 
the last report. 

Virginia. 

Letter from 

Mr. Bond &c. with 

extract of a letter from 

Bern, relating to a 

colony in Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges thereupon. 



13th of July, 1703, which was read ; and Mr. Perry desiring to 
peruse the depositions mentioned in Sir Nathanael's foresaid letter, 
he was told that so soon as they were returned from the Custome 
House, whither they had been sent, they should be communicated 
to him. 

Ordered that a representation [fo. 131, et infra] be prepared upon 
the memorial presented to their lordships the 3rd instant by 
Mr. Cary lately arrived from New England, relating to armes and 
ammunition. 

October 31. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

The draught of a representation [v. supra fo. 150] relating to 
stores of war for the Massachusets Bay, as ordered at the last meeting, 
was laid before the Board and some progress made therein ; and 
ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Gary [fo. 152], lately come from 
New England, to enquire what sort of guns it is they desire for the 
fort on Castle Island. 

Mr. Raworth, Mr Gary and Mr. Maxey attending, as directed at 
the last meeting [fo. 147], and being asked when they Mould be 
ready for a hearing with the Canary merchants who petition against 
them, they said they wou'd be ready any day next weeke that 
their lordships should appoint ; whereupon ordered that a letter be 
writ to Mr. Swan [fo. 152] to desire him to attend their lordships 
to-morrow in the afternoon or Thursday morning next, upon the 
same subject. 

Mr. Jennings attending, acquainted their lordships that the 
Admiralty had appointed 5 men of war to be ready in December next 
to convoy the ships that shall then be ready to saile for Virginia, 
and praying their lordships to take into consideration his petition 
[fo. 104, 155] presented to them the 22nd of August last ; Ordered 
that the said petition be laid before the Board at their next meeting. 

Mr. Cobb [fo. 151] presented to their lordships an Order of Councill 
of the 26th instant upon the petition of Richard Baily and other 
merchants, freighters of the ship Expectation, now in Virginia, 
praying that the said ship may have leave to come to England so soon 
as she shall be laden, which was laid before the Board ; whereupon 
their lordships resolved to take the petition into their consideration 
at their next meeting. 

November 1. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt. 

An Order of the House of Lords [fo. 157] dated yesterday, requiring 
this Board to lay before their lordships an account of the state of the 
trade of this kingdom since the last session of Parliament, was 
read, and directions given for preparing a report in answer 
thereunto. 

A letter from Mr. Bonet, minister of the King of Prussia, to the 
Secretary of this Board, inclosing the extract of a letter from Bern, 
relating to a colony to be settled in the plantations, was read, and 
a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, acquainting him that the Board 
did not think fit to proceed thereon without her Majesty's directions, 
was signed and dispatched. 



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53 



Their lordships made a further progress in the draught of a 
representation [jo. 148, 152] mentioned in yesterday's minutes 
relating to stores of war for the Massachusets Bay. 

November 2. Present : — Mr. Cecih 1 , Mr. Blathwayt, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Clark attending in behalf of the petition of the freighters of 
the ship Expectation [jo. 149, 154], now in Virginia, refer'd to this 
Board by her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 26th which was 
presented to their lordships the 31st of the last month, the said 
order was read ; and Mr. Clarke acquainted their lordships that 
the ship was laden here in December last, but lost five months time 
in staying for the West India convoy, which sailed not till May 
following, that if she be obliged to stay there till the next convoy 
it will not only be the loss of the ship but the whole voyage, and 
that there is no other ship now in Virginia under the like circum- 
stances. And Mr. Perry and Mr. Paggen, who attended at the 
same time, having been asked their opinion, they said they did 
not think it fit that any ship should be allowed to go or come without 
convoy, but that the case of this ship being particular, they thought 
it might not be unreasonable to grant her a permission to come 
away so soon as she shall be laden. 

The Canary merchants attending according to the order of the 
31st of the last month [fo. 149, 155], and being asked several 
questions, they answered as follows : That they were so far from 
having their proportion of tonnage in the two ships sent over to 
bring away their effects, that they were forced to freight a Genouese 
ship for that purpose, whilst so soon as she arrived in England being 
seized, they have not yet received any of the effects that were in 
her. They said they should be ready any day the next week their 
lordships should appoint for a hearing, and promised to bring on 
Thursday next, if not sooner, their several depositions to prove 
what effects they left in the Canaries when they came away. 

Mr. Phips and Captain Cary attending [fo. 148] presented to 
their lordships a memorial, in answer to the letter writ the said 
Cary the 31st of the last month, relating to the size of camion 
for the fort on Castle Island, which being read, their lordships made 
a further progress in the draught of a representation [fo. 150, 153] 
relating to stores of war for the Massachusets Bay and New 
Hampshire. 

November 3. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecil!, Sir Philip 

Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 
The draught of a representation [fo. 152, 154] relating to stores of 
war for New England, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter from Mr. Attorney General [fo. 147, 262] of the 2nd instant, 
desiring an account how the quorum of the Assembly of Barbados 
comes to be 15, was read, and an answer thereunto immecUatly 
drawn up and sent. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 17th June last, relating 
to the payment of the officers and seamen of two fireships fitted 



1704. 
Massachusets. 

Stores of war. 



Virginia. 

Mr. Clarke 
about petition of the 

freighters 

of a Virginia ship 

praying she 

may come from 

thence 

as soon as laden. 



Trade. 

Canary merchants. 



Massachusets. 

Memorial 

from Mr. Cary about 

stores of 

war wanting. 



New England. 

Representation 
about stores of war. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Mr. Attor- 
ney General about 
quorum of Assembly, 

Answer. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from 
the Governour. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS P- 153-156. 



1704. 



Trade. 

Letter 
to Mr. Lowndes 

for 
several accounts. 



out at Jamaica, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a copy 
thereof and of the papers therein inclosed be sent to Mr. Burchett 
to be laid before his royal highness's council!. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes [fo. 163] to desire 
him to move the Lord Treasurer that this Board may have a sight 
of the accounts of the receipts and payments of the Customes from 
Michaelmas, 1702, to Michaelmas last, being 8 quarterly payments ; 
as also an account of the exports and imports for the same time, 
which will be returned in two or three days' time. And that his 
lordship wou'd be pleased to give directions that this Board may 
have from the Commissioners of the Customes, an account of corn 
exported for the two last years ; as also an account of wooll imported 
from Christmas, 1702, to Michaelmas last. 



New England. 

Representation 
about stores of war. 

Virginia. 

Memorial in the name 
of Mr. Baily about 
ship Expectation. 

Representation 

to be 

prepared thereupon. 

Trade. 

Letter to 
Canary merchants 

to 
attend the Board. 



November 7. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The representation [fo. 153, 227] mentioned in the minutes of 
the 3rd instant, relating to stores of war for New England, was 
signed. 

A memorial in the name of Mr. Thomas Baily [fo. 151] and other 
merchants of Bristol, owners and freighters of the ship Expectation, 
now in Virginia, setting forth the reasons of the said ship's not going 
thither and coming home with the last convoy, was read, and 
directions given for preparing a representation [fo. 156] upon their 
petition refer'd to the Board by her Majesty's Order in Councill 
mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd instant. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Swan and Mr. Raworth 
[fo. 152, 158] to acquaint them that the Board have appointed 
Friday morning next at 9 of the clock to hear what they have to 
offer further in the matters of difference between them, and to 
desire that they will attend accordingly. 



Virginia. 

Memorial 

from Mr. Jennings 

praying a 

consideration for 

his care 

about Bills. 



Virginia. 

Draught of 

a representation 

upon Mr. Baily's 

petition about ship 

Expectation. 



November 8. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dart- 
mouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt. 

Mr. Jennings, Secretary of Virginia [fo. 149] presented to their 
lordships a memorial relating to the allowance he desires for the 
charges of his voyage from thence hither, and the loss and other 
inconveniencies occasioned to him by his attendance here in reference 
to the laws of that country, which was read ; and thereupon a letter 
ordered to be writ to my Lord Treasurer [fo. 187] that he may 
have 200Z. allowed him out of her Majesty's revenue arising in 
Virginia, over and above the summe of 100Z. advanced to him by 
the Governour for this service. 

The draught of a representation [Jo. 155, 157] upon an Order of 
Councill relating to the petition of Richard Baily and other 
merchants of Bristol, praying that the ship Expectation, now in 
Virginia, may have liberty to return home, without staying for 
convoy, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



November 9. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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55 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant [fo. 190] 
relating to a proposal for the fortifying of Crook Haven in the 
West of Ireland, was read, and the petition of several merchants 
therein refer'd to, and other papers relating to that matter, were 
at the same time presented to the Board by Mr. Pierce Arnop of 
Crook Haven [fo. 194], a person principally concerned therein. 

A representation [fo. 156] upon the Order of Councill relating to 
the petition of Richard Baily and other merchants of Bristol, that 
their ship the Expectation, now in Virginia, may have liberty to 
return home without staying for convoy, was signed. 

November 10. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Board taking into consideration the report to be made to 
the House of Lords [fo. 150, 161], and not having yet received 
from the Custome House the papers desired by the secretary's 
letter to Mr. Lowndes of the 3rd instant, another letter was now 
writ by the Secretary to Mr. Sansom, to desire that those papers 
may be expedited according to my Lord Treasurer's direction, there 
being great occasion for them. 

A letter was likewise writ by the Secretary to Mr. Newton 
[fo. 163] desiring an account of what money has been coined in 
the Tower since the last account delivered in by him, ending the 
30th April last. 

Mr. Raworth and Mr. Taylor attending [fo. 155] in defence of 
themselves against the petition of several other Canary merchants, 
who were also present in order to make good their allegations, 
the said petition and the reference thereupon signed by Mr. Secretary 
Harley, were read, as likewise the copy of her Majesty's grant or 
permission for two ships and a man of war to fetch off her subjects 
from the Canaries with the effects belonging to them and others, 
dated the 1st November, 1703 ; but Mr. Raworth's petition upon 
which the said grant was made not being amongst the papers 
produced by either side, he was desired to lay the same before the 
Board, which he said was not in his power, but promised a copy. 
The petitioners then produced a declaration before a notary, of 
John Baptista Cotto, master of a Genouese ship freighted at Lisbon 
for Teneriffe in December, 1703, with wheat, pease, candles, pork, 
beef, pilchards, poor jack &c, and setting forth that in part of his 
freight he received at Teneriffe a bill of exchange drawn from 
thence upon Mr. Robert Raworth and company. From whence 
the petitioners infer'd that the wines received lately by 
Mr. Raworth and partners in the ships called the Resolution and 
Mary were not such as had been recovered from the reprisalia 
that had been made upon them in the Canaries, as intended by 
her Majesty's grant, but purchased with these other effects sent 
thither since the war. 

The said petitioners also laid before the Board eleven particular 
affidavits made by them of the damages they have suffered, by 
having been denyed tonnage in the said ships the Resolution and 
Mary, Mr. Raworth and partners having reserved it for themselves, 
and more particularly Mr. John Mead declared that when those 



1704. 
Ireland. 

Letter from 
Mr. Secretary Hedges 
about proposal for for- 
tifying Crook Haven. 

Merchants' 1 petition 
relating thereunto. 

Virginia. 

Representation 

on Order 

of Council relating 

to the ship 
Expectation &c. 



Trade. 

Report to 

House of Lords 

under 

consideration. 

Letter to Mr. Sansom 

desiring his dispatch 

in sending some papers 

to this office. 

Letter 

to Mr. Newton 

for an 

account of coinage. 

Canary merchants. 

Hearing 

between them. 



Eleven affidavits 

of the petitioners of 

their damages 

sustained by being 

denied 

tonnage dec. 



56 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS ft 159-162. 



1704. 



Trade. 

Report to 
the House of Lords 
under consideration. 

Virginia. 

Letter to 

Mr. Perry about 

pitch from Virginia 

and 
Tobacco imported. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from 
the Governour. 

Extracts thereof sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges 
about Spanish trade, 

and the 
want of frigats for 
protecting the same. 

Captain Gandy recom- 
mended to command 
a ship of war. 

Extract of said letter 

sent to Mr. Burchet 

about the ships of war. 

Barbados. 

Letter from 
the Governour. 

Representation 

to be 

drawn thereupon. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Sir 
William Matthew. 



ships were in the Canaries he had 40 pipes of wine ready to have 
put aboard if he could have had tonnage. Mr. Abell Dennis declared 
that he had 50 pipes. Mr. William Davies declared that he had 
90 pipes, of which he laded but 30. Mr. John Lorking declared 
that he had 60 pipes, of which he laded but 12. They all agreed 
that the foresaid ships were big enough to have brought off all 
the English effects in the island. Mr. Raworth affirmed that he 
had sollicited the obtaining of the foresaid grant upon account of 
himself and partners, without any contribution from the petitioners 
towards the charge thereof, or any risque of theirs in the managing 
of the undertaking, yet alledged that tonnage for 135 pipes had 
been allotted to the merchants there, and desired that they might 
each of them set forth what effects they had there, which were 
recoverable as aforesaid and then ready to be shipt, but tonnage 
refused. The Board desired him to give a particular list [Jo. 165] of 
the quantities of wine that had been shipt in those vessells by 
other persons and which did not belong to him and partners. 

November 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships taking into consideration the draught of a report 
[fo. 157, 173] in answer to the order of the House of Lords mention 'd 
in the minutes of the 1st instant, and finding by the naval officer of 
Virginia's lists that there has been exported to England this year from 
that colony 228 barriUs of pitch [Jo. 87], Ordered that a letter be 
writ to Mr. Perry to desire to know of him to whom the said pitch 
is consigned, and that he would inform their lordships if he can of the 
quality of the said pitch and if fit for service. 

And further ordered that Mr. Perry be also desired to give their 
lordships an account of the tobacco imported to England this year 
from Virginia and Maryland. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governour of Jamaica, dated 
the 17th of September last, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that a letter be writ to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 189] inclosing 
to him the copies of paragraphs C and D. in the said letter relating 
to copies of the King of Spain's proclamations in Spanish, which 
Colonel Handasyd desires may be sent him, and to the want of more 
frigats for securing our trade on the Spanish coast in the West Indies. 
And further ordered that in the same letter, Mr. Secretary be 
acquainted with Colonel Handasyd's recommendation of Captain 
Gandy to command a ship of war at Jamaica. 

Ordered also that paragraph F of Colonel Handasyd's said letter 
relating to the ships of war now at Jamaica be sent to Mr. Burchet 
to be laid before his royal highness's Council. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governour of Barbados, 
dated the 22nd of August last, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that a representation [fo. 167] be drawn upon paragraph C of the 
said letter relating to Mr. Frere's refusing to serve any longer in 
the Council. 

A letter from Sir William Mathew, Governor of the Leeward 
Islands, dated at Nevis the 31st of August last, was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that what he writes in paragraph G [fo. 175] 



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57 



relating to the French privateers being harboured at St. Thomas 
and supplyed with provisions there, be represented to her Majesty, 
and that it be submitted to her Majesty whether the King of 
Denmark be not obliged to refuse protection to the French privateers 
in America as well as in Europe. 

And further ordered that paragraphs land K [fo. 187] relating 
to the want of a frigat and to a cartel with the French be sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges. And upon what he writes relating to the 
want of guns [fo. 206], ordered that Mr. Gary be desired to attend 
the Board on Thursday morning next. 

A letter from Mr. Newton, in answer to one writ him the 
10th instant [fo. 158] signifying that there has been no gold or 
silver coined in the Tower since the 30th of April last, was 
read. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 11th in answer to one writ 
him the 3rd instant [fo. 153, 164], inclosing the following accounts 
which were read, viz. : — 

An account of corn exported from England from Christmas, 
1702, to Christmas, 1703, and 

An account of wooll imported from Ireland, from Christmas, 1702, 
to Midsummer, 1704. 



1704. 

Representation 

relating 
to privateers at St. 

Thomas 
to be prepared. 

Letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges 

upon that 
part of the said letter 

relating to a 

frigat and cartel with 

the French. 

Trade. 

Letter from 
Mr. Newton about 
coinage of money. 

Letter 

from Mr. Lowndes 

with accounts 
of corn and wooll. 



November 14. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Mr. Cecill, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Lord Bishop of London acquainting their Lordships that 
the Collector of the Customes in Pennsylvania being dead, 
Colonel Quary had put Mr. John Moor, Advocate of the Admiralty, 
in his place, and desiring their lordships to recommend the said 
Moor to my Lord Treasurer for that imployment ; ordered that a 
letter be prepared accordingly. 

Upon consideration of the papers inclosed in Mr. Lowndes's 
letter [fo. 163, 167] mentioned in yesterday's minutes, ordered 
that an answer be returned to Mr. Lowndes desiring that the 
Inspector General [fo. 176] may give their lordships an account of 
the exports and imports from Christmas, 1701, to Christmas, 1703, 
as also an account of the receipts and payments from Michaelmas, 
1702, to Michaelmas last. 

Mr. Ra worth, Mr. Maxy, and Mr. Taylor attending [fo. 160, 175], 
presented to their lordships the following papers, viz. : — 

A copy of their petition, upon which her Majesty's licence of 
November, 1703, to bring off the English and their effects from 
the Canaries, was grounded. 

A copy of a paper signed by the said Ra worth, Taylor and Maxy, 
dated the 21st of October, 1703, by which they ingaged not to 
carry any goods to the Canaries, nor to bring from thence any effects 
but what was truly their own at that time. 

A certificate from Sebastian Belancourf, publick notary in 
Teneriffe, that 241 pipes of Malvasia wine were left there. As also, 

A particular of the wines laden on board the Resolution and 
Mary at the Canaries. 

Which were read. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Moor 

to Bishop of London 

about collector's place. 

Letter to be prepared 

to Lord Treasurer 

thereupon. 

Trade. 

Letter 
to Mr. Lowndes 

for accounts 

of exports and 

imports ufce. 



Trade. 

Several papers 

brought 

by Ka worth &c. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS V- 165-168. 



1704. 

Barbados. ]\j r Bernard attending [fo. 145, 166], presented to their lordships 

with^econdZmorial th e duplicate of the memorial of the four suspended counsellors 

in behalf of Barbados formerly received, with a second memorial, which 

of the four suspended i ast was rea d. And Mr. Bernard acquainting their lordships that 

they could not prove in England the allegations in their petition to 

her Majesty and their memorial to this Board, and desiring that 

orders might be sent to Barbados for taking of affidavits there 

according to the minutes of the 26th of the last month, their 

lordships gave directions for preparing a representation [fo. 167] 

upon the petition of the four suspended counsellors accordingly. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Melisha Holder 

with several 

papers about the 

complaints 

against the Governor. 



Trade. 

Order of House of 
Commons about com- 
merce with France and 

bills of exchange. 

Barbados. 

Representation 

upon 

Mr. Mills's being put 

into the Councill 

in the room of Mr. 

Frcre. 

Representation 

on petition 

of four suspended 

members. 

Trade. 

Letter from 

Mr. Lowndes with 

abstract of receipts and 

payments of customes. 

Leeward Islands. 
Barbados. 

Letter to 
Mr. Burchet about 

the fleet's 

sailing from those 

places. 



■ November 15. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Melisha Holder [fo. 165, 169] having received several papers 
from Barbados, which he thought might be of use for their lord- 
ships' information, presented to their lordships a copy of the 
deposition of Charles Irwin, a minister in Barbados, relating to the 
differences that have been in the Assembly there, and a copy of the 
Bill for the security of the bays, towns, &c, with the reasons used 
in Barbados for and against the said Bill, which were laid before 
the Board. 

An order of the House of Commons [fo. 168] of the 14th instant, 
directing this Board to lay before that House their opinion as to the 
best method for restraining commerce with France and negotiating 
bills of exchange from thence, was read. 

A representation [fo. 162, 170] upon what Sir Beville Granville 
writes in his letter mentioned in the minutes of the 13th instant 
relating to Mr. Frere's refusing to give any further attendance 
in the Councill, and proposing that Mr. John Mills, whom the 
Governour had put in his place, might be confirmed therein, was 
agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A representation [fo. 166, 170] as directed at the last meeting, 
upon the petition of the four suspended counsellors of Barbados, 
was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 15th, in answer to one writ 
him the 14th instant [fo. 164] inclosing the abstracts of the receipts 
and payments of the Customes from Michaelmas, 1702, to 
Michaelmas last, was read. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to desire him to 
lay before his Royal Highness the Lord High Admiral's Councill 
what Sir William Matthew writes in paragraph F of his letter of the 
31st August last [fo. 162] relating to the fleet of merchant-men 
ready to saile from the Leeward Islands, acquainting him further 
that a considerable fleet is expected at the same time from 
Barbados. 



Trade. 

Order of House of 

Commons under 

consideration. 



November 16. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Upon consideration of that part of the order of the House of 
Commons [fo. 167], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, which relates 
to the restraining of commerce with France, ordered that a letter 



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59 



be writ to Mr. Lowndes, to desire him to move my Lord Treasurer 
that the Commissioners of the Customes be directed to return their 
opinion how the trade with France may be best restrained, and 
what they may have to propose, to render the several laws now in 
force in that particular more effectual. And as to that part of the 
said order which relates to negotiating bills of exchange, their lord- 
ships being informed that Mr. Lawrence Galdie, a French merchant, 
was able to give their lordships an insight into that matter, ordered 
that he be desired to attend the Board to-morrow morning [fo. 170]. 

Mr. Heysham with several Barbadocs gentlemen attending 
[fo. 166, 172], presented to their lordships two affidavits, the one 
by Mr. Guy Ball, and the other by Mr. William Baily and Henry 
Keep, masters of ships, to prove that article in their complaints 
relating to the Governour's exactions upon masters of ships &c, 
which were read. And these gentlemen acquainting their lordships 
that they could make no further proof here in England, and desiring 
that the Governour be directed by her Majesty's royal letter to 
give free liberty to the complainants, and any other person concerned, 
to make affidavit before any judge or other magistrate of what 
they know in those matters, and that such judge or magistrate be 
injoyned to summon such persons as the complainants shall name 
[fo. 179], ordered that a representation be drawn up accordingly, 
and further ordered that Mr. Ball's foresaid affidavit be sent both to 
the Governour and Mr. Skene, and that they be both directed to 
return their particular answers thereunto. 

A representation [fo. 167, 174] relating to the four suspended 
counsellors of Barbados, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was 
signed. 

A representation [fo. 167, 207] relating to Mr. Frere's refusing to 
serve any longer in the Councill, and to Mr. Mills being put in his 
place, was also signed. 

November 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Galdie attending [fo. 169, 173], as had been desired, and being 
acquainted with the order of the House of Commons relating to 
the restraining of trade with France and negotiating of bills of 
exchange from thence, he said that it would be very difficult to 
stop effectually all trading with France, but however he thought 
it might in a great measure be done, and as to bills of exchange, 
he said that Mr. Huguetan, who is now settled at Geneva, pays 
the King of France's army in Italy by means of his bills of exchange, 
which are negotiated in England and Holland. The only method 
for preventing thereof would be to break the said Huguetan's 
credit, which was already much shaken in England, and he thought 
might be effectually done, either by a general prohibition of corres- 
pondence, or by some law directing all merchants and others, who 
shall receive bills of exchange drawn or endorsed by the said 
Huguetan, to protest the same. And he added that this must be 
done in Holland as well as England, or else it would not be effectual, 
and promised to bring a memorial [fo. 173] on Monday next upon 
these matters. 



1704. 

Letter 

to Mr. Lowndes 

thereupon. 



To Mr. Galdie, 
a French merchant. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Heysham 

and others at the 

Board with 

two affidavits against 

the Governor, 

and desiring that 

he may be directed to 

permit affidavits 

to be made by the 

complainants &c. 



Representation 

to be 

drawn thereupon. 

Representation 

about four suspended 

counsellors. 

Representation 
for putting Mr. Mills 

into the 
Councill in the room 

of Mr. Frere. 



Trade. 

Mr. Galdie 

at the Board about 

order of 

House of Commons 

relating to 

bills of exchange and 

commerce 

with France. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS P- 171-174. 



1704. 

Letter to 
Lustring Company. 



Mr. Knox 
about trade between 
Ireland and France. 

Trade. 

Letter to 

Mr. Attorney General 

about laws prohibiting 

trade with France. 

Connecticut. 

Rhode Island. 

Agents to attend. 



Barbados. 

Sir 
John Stanly etc. 

in behalf 
of the Governor. 



Trade. 

Report to 
House of Lords. 

Report to House of 

Commons about bills of 

exchange from France, 

commerce &c. 

Letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges. 



Ordered that the governour or deputy governour of the Lustring 
Company [fo. 174] be desired to attend the Board on Monday 
morning next. 

Mr. Knox attending, and acquainting their lordships that he had 
some things to offer in relation to a trade carryed on between Ireland 
and France, he was desired to bring the same in writing. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General to desire 
to know what laws there are which prohibit a trade with France 
during the war. 

Ordered that Sir Henry Ashhurst, agent for Connecticut, and 
Mr. Wharton, agent for Rhode Island, be desired to attend the 
Board on Tuesday morning next. 

November 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir John Stanley, Sir Robert Davers and Mr. Granville attending 
[fo. 169, 174, 178] and desiring to know what progress had been 
made in relation to the complaints against Sir Beville Granville, 
they were acquainted with the reports their lordships had already 
made upon that subject ; whereupon they desired that directions 
may be given that Sir Beville Granville have copies of such affidavits 
as shall be taken in Barbados against him before they be transmitted 
into England. And in the meantime they desired to have copies 
of the depositions of Mr. Ball, William Bayly and Henry Keys, 
which were presented to their lordships the 16th instant, which 
their lordships directed to be given them accordingly. 

Their lordships entred upon the consideration of the draught of 
a report to the House of Lords [fo. 161, 176] and made some progress 
therein. 

The draught of a report [fo. 170, 176] in answer to the order of the 
House of Commons of the 14th instant was agreed, and a letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges, desiring him to lay the same before her 
Majesty, was signed. 

November 20. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Galdie presented to their lordships a memorial [fo. 171] 
containing what he has to offer for restraining of commerce and 
correspondence with the French, which was read. 

An Order of Councill of the 16th instant upon a representation 
[fo. 170] of the same date on the petition of the four suspended 
counsellors of Barbados, directing this Board to prepare the draught 
of a letter for her Majesty's royal signature to Sir Beville Granville, 
as is proposed by the said representation being read, ordered 
that a letter be prepared accordingly [fo. 187]. 



Trade. 

Memorial 

from Mr. Galdie 

about commerce 

&c. with France. 

Barbados. 

Order of Council on 
petition of four sus- 
pended members &c. 

directing 

draught of letter to 

the Governour for 

Queen's signature. 

Trade. Several members of the Lustring Company attending, as directed 

Lustring Company tlie 17th instant [Jo. 171], and being asked several questions, 

preventingtommerce *bey answered in substance as follows : That they had reason to 

with France. believe that the smuggling trade with France was carryed on now 



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61 



1704. 



as much as ever ; that about ten days ago 56 pieces of lustrings 
and alamodes were seized soon after their landing on the coast of 
Sussex ; that though there be great penalties upon those that 
shall be found carrying on that trade, yet great quantities of silks 
are landed, which escape being seized ; and that the best method 
they can think of for preventing that trade of the carrying out of 
our wooll would be to have more ships for the guard of our coasts. 
After which they promised to discourse with Mr. Baker and then 
to attend the Board to-morrow sevenight, to give their lordships 
an account of what they should agree upon as the best method for 
preventing this trade with France. 

Several of the Canary merchants attending [fo. 165, 191] presented 
to their lordships a further memorial containing several instances 
of Mr. Raworth's having sent effects to the Canaries since the 
declaration of war ; as also eleven affidavits to show what wines 
they have ready to ship off from the Canaries, had Mr. Raworth 
allowed them tonnage. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 18th instant, directing 
the Board to consider how the furnishing of provisions to the 
French plantations from St. Thomas may be prevented, was read, 
and an answer thereunto drawn up and signed. 

The draught of a representation, as directed the 13th instant, 
[fo. 162, 179] upon paragraph G of Sir William Matthew's letter of 
31st August last, relating to French privateers being harboured 
at St. Thomas, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

November 21. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A report in answer to an order of the House of Commons of the 
14th instant [fo. 173] requiring this Board to lay before that House 
their opinion as to the best method for restraining commerce with 
France and negotiating bills of exchange from thence, was agreed 
and signed, and Mr. Blathwayt was desired to lay the same before 
the House. 

Their lordships made a further progress in the draught of the 
report to the House of Lords [fo. 173, 177], and a letter was writ 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 183] praying her Majesty's leave 
for laying the same before that House. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Davenant [fo. 164, 180], 
Inspector General of the Customes, desiring him to dispatch the 
accounts of imports and exports from Christmas, 1701, to Christmas, 
1703, as directed by the Lord Treasurer. 



Trade. 

Canary merchants' 
memorial. 
Affidavits. 



Letter from 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about St. Thomas's 

furnishing the French 

with provisions. 

Answer. 

Draught 
of representation 

about 

French privateers 

being harbour'd at 

St. Thomas. 



Trade. 

Report to the 

House of Commons. 



Report to 
House of Lords. 

Letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

Letter 

to Dr. D' Avenant 

about 

imports and exports. 



November 22. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter was writ to Mr. Tucker desiring him to communicate 
to this Board the treaties relating to trade which are now in force 
between England and Denmark. Whereupon Mr. Tucker sent 
to their lordships the treaty concluded in December, 1691, with 
intimation that there were no others in Mr. Secretary Hedges's 
office. Ordered that a copy of the said treaty be made. 



Trade. 

Treaty with 
Denmark. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS P- 177-180. 



1704. 

Report 

to the Lords. 



Proprieties. 

Order 

about Connecticut 

and 

Rhode Island. 

Agents 

of those colonies to 

be heard. 



Barbados. 

Complaints. 



Sir John Stanly 
&c. to attend. 



Barbados. 

Representation upon 

petition of seven of 

the Assembly. 



Their lordships made a further progress in the draught of a 
report to the House of Lords [fo. 176, 183]. 

Post meridiem. 

Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 16th instant upon a report from 
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General [fo. 97] on that part of a 
representation of this Board of the 10th of July last, relating to 
Connecticut and Rhode Island, directing that the agents of those 
colonies be acquainted with her Majesty's pleasure that they be 
heard before her Majesty in Councill the 30th instant, in point of 
law, against her Majesty's appointing Governours over those 
colonies during the war, was read, and Mr. Wharton, agent for 
Rhode Island attending, the said order was communicated to him, 
and he desiring to have copies [fo. 180] of that part of those letters 
from the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley mentioned in the 
foresaid representation, ordered that they be given him accord- 
ingly. 

Mr. Heysham with other Barbados gentlemen attending [Jo. 172, 
187], a copy of Mr. Irwin's deposition relating to Mr. Downes of 
Barbados, which was presented to their lordships the 15th instant, 
was delivered to them ; and these gentlemen desiring that the two 
depositions presented by them to the Board the 16th instant, 
might be annexed to their lordships representation upon the petition 
of seven of the Assembly of Barbados, they were acquainted 
that the said depositions should be mentioned in their said 
report. 

Ordered that Sir John Stanley, Sir Robert Davers and 
Mr. Granville be acquainted that their lordships desire to speak 
with them to-morrow morning. 

The draught of a representation [fo. 170, 180] upon the petition 
from seven of the Assembly of Barbados, was read, and a progress 
made therein. 



Leeward Islands. 

Representation 

about 

St. Thomas. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter 
to Mr. Burchet. 



The draught of a representation upon what Sir William Matthew 
writes in paragraph G of his letter of the 31st of August last [fo. 175, 
183] relating to the French being supplyed with provisions from 
the island of St. Thomas, was read and a progress made therein. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 184] desiring to 
be informed what answer the commodore of the Newfoundland 
convoy has returned to the heads of inquiry sent him the 24th of 
August last. 



Trade. 

Letter from 

Inspector of the 

Customes. 

Barbados. 

Representation 

on petition of seven 

of the Assembly. 



November 23. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Davenant [fo. 176], Inspector General of the 
Customes, inclosing accounts of the exports and imports for three 
years, viz. : from Christmas, 1699, to Christmas, 1702, was read. 

The draught of a representation [fo. 179, 183] upon a petition of 
seven of the Assembly of Barbados, was agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 



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63 



The extracts of several letters [fo. 178, 182] from the Lord Cornbury 
and Colonel Dudley, and of the representations of this Board there- 
upon, which were directed at the last meeting to be delivered to 
the agents of Connecticut and Rhode Island, were laid before their 
lordships, the list whereof is as follows, viz. : — 

Connecticut. 

Paragraph H. of the Lord Cornbury's letter of the 30th of June, 
1703, to the words on all occasions. New Yorke, W. No. 27. 

Part of paragraph B of another letter from him of the same date, 
beginning The Province of Connecticut, and paragraph D of the 
same letter. New York, W. No. 28. 

Paragraph F of the Lord Cornbury's letter of the 9th of September, 
1703. Ibid. 30. 

Extract of a representation from the Lords Commissioners for 
Trade and Plantations, dated the 16th of February, 170|. 

Extract of a representation from the Lords Commissioners for 
Trade and Plantations, dated the 10th July, 1704. 

Rhode Island. 

Extract of a letter from Colonel Dudley, dated the 17th September, 
1702, beginning About 20 days and ending noise of their charter. 
New England. D. fol. 285. 

Paragraph H. of Lord Cornbury's letter of 30th June, 1703, 
beginning Several men. New Yorke. W. No. 27. 

Part of paragraph B of another letter from him of the same date, 
beginning The Governour of Rhode Island, and paragraph D. 
Ibid. 28. 

Paragraphs E and F of Colonel Dudley's letter of the 
15th September, 1703. New England. N. No. 22. 

Paragraph Q of his letter of 19th December, 1703. Ibid. 38. 

Paragraph F of his letter of 20th April, 1704. Ibid. O. 30. 

Extract of a representation of the Lords Commissioners for 
Trade and Plantations, dated 24th November, 1702. 

Ditto. 16th July, 1703. 

Ditto. 16th February, 170f. 

Ditto. 10th July, 1704. 

November 24. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that Mr. Borret be desired to call here to-morrow 
morning and that copies of the same papers mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes [fo. 180], to be delivered to the agents of Connecticut and 
Rhode Island, be delivered to him, and that he be directed to attend 
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General therewith in order to the 
hearing appointed [fo. 184] by her Majesty in Councill on Thursday 
next. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to one writ him 
the 21st instant \Jo. 176], signifying her Majesty's pleasure that the 
Board do lay before the House of Lords the account they desire 
of the state of the trade of his kingdom since the last session of 
Parliament, was read. 



1704. 
Connecticut 

and 
Rhode Island. 

Papers relating 

to 
irregularities. 



Connecticut. 

Rhode Island. 

Letter to 

Mr. Borret &c. 



Trade. 

Letter from 

Secretary Hedges 

about 

laying report 

before 

House of Lords. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS P- 183-186. 



1704. 
Barbados. 
Representation of fche Assembly of Barbados, was signed: 



A representation [fo. 180, 190, 194] upon the petition of seven 



on petition of seven o, 
the Assembly. 

Trade. 

Report to 
House of Lords. 



Leeward Islands. 
St. Thomas. 

Representation. 

Trade. 

Report to 
House of Lords. 



Their lordships made a further progress in their report to the 
House of Lords [fo. 177, 184]. 

November 25, Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

A representation [fo. 179] relating to the French being furnished 
with provision from St. Thomas, as also a letter for inclosing the 
same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, were signed. 

The draught of a report [fo. 183 et infra] to the House of Lords 
was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from 

Mr. Burchet. Heads 

of inquiry. 

Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Hearing relating 
thereto deferred. 



Trade. 

Answer to 
House of Lords. 



November 27. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 23rd instant, in answer to one 
writ him the same day [fo. 179, 198] promising to send hither the 
commodore of the Newfoundland convoy's answer to the heads of 
inquiry so soon as he shall receive the same, was read. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst attending, and desiring that the hearing 
[fo. 183] before her Majesty, appointed for Thursday next, relating 
to Connecticut and Rhode Island may be put off for some time 
longer, he was acquainted that it was put off till further order 
[fo. 191]. 

A report [v. supra], in answer to the order of the House of Lords 
of the 31st of the last month, requiring this Board to lay before 
that House an account of the state of the trade of this kingdom 
since the last session of Parliament, was signed. 



Ireland. 

Scheme for guarding 

the sea coasts, 

Mr. Baker's 

report thereon. 

Trade. 

Lustring Company's 

memorial 

about hardships they 

lye under. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from 

Captain Lloyd lately 

arrived 

from thence. 

Letter from 
Lieutenant Moody. 



Letter 
from Mr. Thurston 

with one 
from the said Moody. 



November 28. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A paper intituled, A general scheme for the land guard of the 
southern coasts of Ireland, for preventing of correspondence with 
France, as also Mr. Henry Baker's report thereupon, received 
some days agoe from Mr. Knox, was laid before the Board. 

The deputy governour and several members of the Lustring 
Company presented to their lordships a memorial, setting forth 
the hardships they labour under in the carrying on of that manu- 
facture, which was read ; and they were acquainted that their 
lordships would consider it further at a convenient opportunity. 

A letter from Captain Lloyd, commander of the forces at 
Newfoundland, signifying his arrival here, and that he is ready to 
give an account of the state of the soldiers there, was read. 

A letter from Lieutenant Moody [fo. 192], who now commands 
the soldiers at Newfoundland, to the Board, dated the 10th of the 
last month, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston inclosing one from the foresaid 
Moody to himself, dated the 11th of October last, relating to the 
soldiers at Newfoundland, was read. 



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65 



A petition from John Adams, setting forth the hard usage he 
received from Captain Lloyd, with certificates relating thereunto, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 199] that copies of the said 
papers be delivered to Captain Lloyd for his answer. 

And Captain Lloyd attending, and being asked several questions, 
he answered that there were seventy English ships at Newfoundland 
this season, 63 whereof came to England and Portugal, but he did not 
know the quantity of fish taken, that the English took on the 
banks of Newfoundland 17 French ships, that the boom in 
St. John's harbour is near finished. He then presented to the 
[Board] the muster roll of the company at Newfoundland, dated 
12th of September, 1704, by which it appears that the said company 
is complete, as also the examinations of several spies sent to 
Placentia, and also of deserters from thence, whereupon ordered 
that a copy of the said muster roll be taken, and the original delivered 
to the agent. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Commodore Bridge to desire 
him to attend the Board as soon as he can. 

Mr. LiUington and Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 174, 178], and 
desiring their lordships to dispatch the draught of a letter for 
her Majesty's signature to Sir Beville Granville, relating to the 
complaints of the four suspended counsellors, they were acquainted 
that it should be laid before her Majesty on Thursday next [fo. 189]. 
The draught of such a letter was agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

A letter to the Lord High Treasurer [fo. 156], inclosing of the 
memorial received from Mr. Jennings the 8th instant, relating to a 
recompence for his attendance here, was signed [fo. 256]. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 163, 216] inclosing the 
paragraphs I and K of Sir William Matthews's letter of the 31st of 
August last, relating to a greater naval strength for the Leeward 
Islands, and to the exchanging of prisoners with the French, was 
signed. 

A letter from her Majesty to Sir Beville Granville, Governour of 
Barbados, signifying that she has been pleased to grant Mr. Patrick 
Meine liberty for a further stay in England, was communicated 
to the Board by the said Patrick Meine, and a copy thereof ordered 
to be taken. 



1704. 

Petition of 
John Adams about 

hard usage 
from Captain Lloyd. 

Captain Lloyd 
at the Board. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to Commodore to 
attend. 

Barbados. 

Mr. LiUington &c. 

desiring 
dispatch of the letter 

to the 

Governour from the 

Queen. 



Virginia. 

Letter to Lord 

Treasurer about 

recompence for 

Jennings. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges ivith 

extracts of letter 

from Sir William 

Matthew. 

Barbados. 

Letter from her 

Majesty to the 

Governor that Mr. 

Mein may stay longer 

in England. 



November 29. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Davenant, Inspector 
General of the Customes, to desire him to send to this Board an 
account of the exports and imports from Christmas, 1702, to 
Christmas, 1703, so soon as they can be perfected. 

The draught of a letter to Sir William Matthew, Governour of the 
Leeward Islands [fo. 190], was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

The draught of a letter to Sir Beville Granville, Governour of 
Barbados [jo. 190], was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 
Wt. 16557. E 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 

Davenant. Exports 

and imports. 

Leeward Islands. 

Draught of letter to 
the Governour. 

Barbados. 

Draught of letter 
to the Governour. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 189-192. 



1704. 

Draught of letter 
from her Majesty 
to the Governour. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with extracts of the 

Governour' s letter. 

Bermuda. 

Letter to the 
Governour. 



Jamaica. 

Leeward Islands. 

Barbados. 

Letters to the 
Governours. 

Ireland. 

Petition of several 

merchants about 

Crook Haven. 

Who are summoned 
to attend. 

Barbados. 

Complainants. 



The draught of a letter from her Majesty to Sir Beville Granville 
[fo. 187] upon the petition of the four suspended counsellors being 
transcribed, as directed in yesterday's minutes, was sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges for her Majesty's signature. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, upon what Colonel Handasyd 
writes in his letter of the 17th of September last [fo. 161] relating to 
the King of Spain's proclamations in Spanish to the want of greater 
naval strength, and to Captain Gandy, was signed. 

Ordered that the secretary write to Captain Bennet acquainting 
him that they have received no letters from him since theirs of the 
24th August last ; and that they expect particular accounts from 
him of all transactions in his government by every opportunity. 

November 30. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Letters to Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, Sir William 
Matthew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, and Sir Beville Granville, 
Governour of Barbados, were signed, 

The petition of several merchants [fo. 156] relating to the 
fortifying of Crook Haven with the reference and the several papers 
relating thereunto, were read ; and thereupon ordered that the 
merchants have notice to attend their lordships on Tuesday next 
in the morning [fo. 194]. 

Mr. Heysham with several Barbados gentlemen attending, and 
desiring their lordships to dispatch their representation [fo. 183, 194] 
upon the petition of seven members of the Assembly of Barbados, 
they were acquainted that it was already sent to the Councill 
Board. 



Connecticut 

and 

Rhode Island. 

Hearing in Council 
put off. 

Agents to have 
notice thereof. 

Trade. 

Mr. Raworth, &c. 



Abstract of Canary 

merchants' 1 papers. 

Representation 

to be prepared. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges with 

copy of depositions 

from deserters. 



December 1. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 30th of the last month directing that 
the hearing [fo. 184, 200] what the agents of Connecticut and 
Rhode Island have to offer why her Majesty may not appoint 
Governours for those colonies during the war, be put off till the 
14th instant, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said agents 
have notice thereof accordingly. 

Mr. Raworth attending [jo. 175, 197], and being asked some 
questions, he answered that he was so desirous to gratify those 
who petition against him, that he left in the Canaries 200 pipes of 
wine of his own, which he might have brought home had he not 
gratified the petitioners with that tonnage, and being desired, he 
promised to bring to their lordships an affidavit upon that matter 
[fo. 197]. 

Then their lordships read an abstract of all the papers delivered 
in by Mr. Raworth and the petitioners, and gave directions for 
preparing a representation [fo. 200] thereupon. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges inclosing the copy of a 
deposition of Jean Le Moine, a deserter from Placentia, inclosed 
in a letter from Lieutenant Moody, commander of the soldiers at 
Newfoundland, dated the 10th of October last, was signed [fo. 186]. 



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67 



A proposal from Mr. Shippen and Mr. Waterhouse for importing 
1,000 lasts of tar and 200 tons of pitch annually for the term of 
six years from the plantations, as also a proposal from Mr. Fitch 
and Mr. Hancock for supplying her Majesty with 30,000 bolts of 
sail cloth and 4,000 tons of hemp annually for the said term, being 
read, a letter, inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was 
signed. 



1704. 

Plantations 

General. 

Mr. Shippen and 
Waterhouse proposal 
about pitch and tar. 

Fitch and Hancocks 
proposal about sail 
cloth and hemp. 



December 5. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



Philip Meadows, 



A letter from Mr. Charles Congreve, giving an account of some 
irregularities in the colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island, with 
a petition of John Rogers, inhabitant of Connecticut, to the 
Governour and company of that colony, complaining of hardships 
he received from them, were read ; and thereupon ordered that 
extracts thereof be sent to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General, 
and that they be acquainted that Mr. Congreve will attend them 
in that matter. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 1st of November last, 
refering to this Board an extract of a petition of Matthew Plowman 
to her Majesty, praying to be reimbursed the value of provisions 
amounting to 600L taken from him at New Yorke on the late 
revolution for the use of the soldiers at Albany, was read ; where- 
upon Mr. Plowman was directed to bring to their lordships what 
proof [fo. 207] he could make of such provisions having been so 
taken from him, and of the value thereof. 

A report from the Commissioners of the Customes, as also one 
from Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General [fo. 39, 217] 
upon the draught of a charter desired by Mr. Byfield and others 
for the importation of pitch and tar from Carolina, was communi- 
cated to the Board and copies thereof ordered to be taken. 

A minute out of the Councill books of the 30th of November 
last [fo. 218], whereby it appears that her Majesty had respited 
the consideration of the report of this Board [fo. 183] of the 24th of 
the same month upon the petition of several of the Assembly of 
Barbados till the arrival of the fleet, was communicated to the 
Board. 

Mr. Bernard and Mr. Lilhngton attending, and desiring their 
lordships' dispatch of the letter for her Majesty's signature upon 
the petition of the four suspended counsellors of Barbados [fo. 189, 
195], they were acquainted that it was before her Majesty the last 
Councill day ; that her Majesty [fo. 196] had respited all that 
matter till the arrival of the Barbados fleet ; that Mr. Granville, 
being arrived from Barbados, had brought several papers from 
Sir Beville, which by reason of indisposition he had not been able 
to lay before their lordships ; and that their lordships would send 
to hasten him to doe it. 

A letter from Mr. Penn [fo. 157], dated this day, in favour of 
Mr. Arnop, who sollicits for the fortifying of Crook Haven, was read. 

Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu, Mr. Alexander 
Cairnes and Mr. Am op attending [fo. 190], with some masters of 
ships, they acquainted their lordships that Crook Haven is a very 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Letter from Mr. 
Congreve. 



New Yorke. 

Plowman's petition. 



Proprieties. 

Naval stores. 

Commissioners of 

Customs report on 

Byfield's charter. 

Barbados. 

Complaints. 



Ditto. 



Ireland. 
Crook Haven. 

Ditto. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 195-198. 



1704. 



Barbados. 

Complaints. 

Draught of Queen's 

letter sent to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 



Barbados. 

Letter from Mr. 
Bridges, &c., desiring 
that nothing further 
may be done relating 
to complaints till 
arrival of the Mil- 
ford man of war. 
Letter to 
Mr. Burchet. 

Ireland. 

Draught of 
representation 

about 
Crook Haven 

and letter. 



safe and commodious haven ; that it will contain above 50 ships, 
that by fortifying a point of land at the entrance thereof, it will 
be of great use to the navigation of England, by securing our home- 
ward bound fleets, when they meet with easterly or north-easterly 
winds, or are in danger of French privateers ; that the last year 
35 saile of Jamaica ships with three men of war were saved there by 
Mr. Arnop's going out to sea to them and giving them notice of 
several French men of war and privateers lying in wait for them. 
To which Mr. Arnop added that he was informed by an ingineer, 
who was sent by the Duke of Ormond to view the place, that it might 
be fortifyed for about 1,000Z. sterling. These gentlemen being 
withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing a 
representation thereupon [fo. 196], 

The draught of a letter for her Majesty's signature [fo. 194] to 
Sir Beville Granville upon the petition of the four suspended 
counsellors of Barbados, not having been signed by her Majesty 
the last Council day, a letter was writ inclosing the same to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

December 6. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Bridges, Sir John Stanley and Mr. Holder 
[fo. 194, 202] desiring their lordships to suspend any further 
proceeding upon the Barbados complaints till the arrival of the 
Milford man of war, by which ship Sir Beville Granville had sent 
all the papers relating to that matter, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [Jo. 198] to desire to 
be informed where the Milford is, and when she may be expected. 

The draught of a representation [fo. 195, 197] upon the petition 
of Mr. Arnop and several merchants of London relating to the 
fortifying of Crook Haven in Ireland, as also a letter inclosing the 
same to the Secretarys of State, were agreed, and ordered to be 
transcribed. 



Trade. 

Canaries. 
Raworth. 



Barbados. 

Order for draught of 

letter for Queen's 

signature sent to 

Mr. Ellis. 



Ireland. 

Representation about 

fortifying 

Crook Haven. 



December 7. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Mr. Cecill, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt-, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from Mr. Raworth [fo. 191, 200] containing an 
abstract of the papers formerly presented by him, as also an affidavit 
of Mr. Henry Fox relating to the quantity of wines belonging to 
Mr. Raworth and partners, which was left in the Canaries when 
the transport ships came away, were read. 

Mr. Blathwayt acquainting the Board that Mr. Secretary Hedges 
had desired a copy of her Majesty's Order in Council! of the 
16th November last [fo. 174], directing their lordships to prepare 
a letter from her Majesty to Sir Beville Granville upon the petition of 
the four suspended counsellors in Barbados, a copy of the said 
order was immediately made and delivered to Mr. Ellis. 

A representation [fo. 196, 209] relating to the fortifying of Crook 
Haven in Ireland, as also a letter inclosing the same to the Secretaries 
of State, were signed. 

December 8. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt:, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr, Prior. 



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69 



Letter from Mr. Burchet of the 7th, in answer to one writ him 
the 6th instant, signifying that the Milford [fo. 196], one of the 
Barbados convoys, was dayly expected, and further acquainting 
their lordships that the heads of inquiry [fo. 184] for the commodore 
of the Newfoundland convoy having been given to the captain of 
the Coventry, and that ship taken and carried into France, no answers 
could be returned to the said inquiries, being read ; ordered that a 
letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to desire to know what was done 
with the duplicate of the foresaid heads of inquiry, which were 
sent him the 18th of August last. 

Mr. Merret attending, presented to their lordships the following 
papers, viz. : — [fo. 204]. 

Letter from M. John Roop to the Board relating to the state 
of the forts &c. in Newfoundland. 

Deposition of Mr. John Roop relating to Captain Lloyd's refusing 
to let his men assist the said Roop in fixing the boom at St. John's 
harbour. 

Deposition of John Marshall, relating to Captain Lloyd's 
threatening to kill him upon his refusing to sign a paper in favour 
of the said Lloyd. 

Copy of a paper drawn by Captain Lloyd to be signed by the 
company at Newfoundland in his behalf, with certificates of non- 
commissioned officers relating thereunto. 

Petition of the inhabitants of Newfoundland against Captain Lloyd 
&c. 

Which papers their lordships resolved to take into consideration 
on Wednesday next, and ordered that Captain Lloyd have notice 
to dispatch his answer to the papers [fo. 186] already given him. 
After which Mr. Merret acquainted their lordships that 30 of our 
ships were gone to Portugal from Newfoundland, that we had taken 
about 14 French ships on the banks, and that the French had taken 
7 out of 13 of ours coming into the Channel. Ordered that a 
representation upon the Order of Council of the 6th of September 
last [fo. 128 and infra], on the petition of Mr. Chilton, Attorney 
General of Barbados, for leave to be absent from thence one year 
for the recovery of his health, be prepared. 

The draught of a representation [fo. 192, 197, 233] upon the 
petition of the Canary merchants was read, and some progress 
made therein. 



1704. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Mr. 

Burchet about the 

Milford n\an of war 

being expected, die. 

Newfoundland. 

Heads of inquiry. 

Letter to 

Mr. Burchet about 

duplicate thereof. 



Mr. Merret with 

publick papers from 

Mr. Roop relating 

to Captain Lloyd. 



Captain Lloyd to 

dispatch his answer 

to papers already 

given him. 

Thirty Newfoundland 

ships gone to 

Portugal. 

Number of ships 
taken on both sides. 

Barbados. 

Representation to be 

prepared for leave 

for Mr. Chilton to 

be absent. 

Trade. 

Draught of repre- 
sentation on Canary 
merchants' petition. 



December 12. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Povey signifying that her Majesty had been 
pleased to put off the hearing [fo. 191, 209] of the Connecticut and 
Rhode Island agents till Thursday the 4th of January next, was 
read, and thereupon ordered that the said agents, as also 
Mr. Attorny and Solicitor General have notice thereof. 

The draught of a representation [v. supra fo. 206] upon the 
petition of Mr. Chilton, Attorny General of Barbados, for leave 
to be absent from that island for a year for the recovery of his Mrfchiiton's pctiti 
health, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Letter from 
Mr. Povey about the 
hearing's being de- 
fer d. 

Barbados. 

Draught of 
representation on 
'on. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 201-203. 



1704. 
Leeward Islands. 

Letter from 
the Governour. 



Acts. 



Barbados. 
Leeward Islands. 

Letter to 
Mr. Burchet about 
fleets from thence. 

Representation to be 

drawn on the above 

Acts. 

Leeward Islands. 

Memorial from 
Mr. Harwich about 
stores of war, new 
seal, and ministers. 

Letter to Board of 
Ordnance. 



Letter to 

Mrs. Fumese and 

memorandum for 

Bishop of London. 



Barbados. 

Sir John Stanley, 
&c, about vindica- 
tion of the 
Governour. 



A letter from Sir William Matthew, Governour of the Leeward 
Islands, dated at St. Christopher's the 2nd of October last, was 
read, as were also the two following Acts therein refer'd to, past 
at St. Christopher's the 23rd of September last, viz. : — 

An Act for raising a levy of 5s. per poll on all slaves, to make good 
the deficiency of a former levy by an Act entitulecl an Act for raising 
a levy of 20s. per poll on slaves to defray the publick charges of 
this island. 

An Act for raising the summe of 500Z. sterling money for discharg- 
ing the rent of a convenient house for his Excellency Sir William 
Matthew's abode during his government in these islands. 

And thereupon ordered that a copy of paragraph B in the foresaid 
letter relating to the Barbados and Leeward Island fleets be sent 
to Mr. Burchet to be laid before his royal highness the Lord High 
Admiral's Council. And further ordered that a representation 
[fo. 207] be prepared for laying the said Acts before her Majesty 
for her royal approbation. 

Mr. Samuel Barwick, agent for Sir William Matthew, presented 
to their lordships a memorial relating to the want of stores of war, 
a new seal, and ministers for the Leeward Islands, which was read, 
whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to the Board of Ordnance 
[fo. 206] to desire to know what stores of war were sent with 
Sir William Matthew, and what are yet remaining here of those 
directed to be sent by her Majesty's order of the 23rd of February 
last. Ordered also that a letter be writ to Mrs. Furnese [fo. 210] 
to know in what forwardness the seales for the plantations are in, 
and to desire they may be dispatched with all possible speed. And 
further ordered that a memorandum [fo. 213] be made for the 
Lord Bishop of London relating to the want of ministers in the 
Leeward Islands. 

Sir John Stanley, Mr. Bridges, Mr. Holder and Mr. Cleland 
[fo. 196, 214] (which last is lately arrived from Barbados) acquainted 
their lordships that they were appointed agents of that island 
by the Assembly there, and had received directions from them to 
appear in vindication of the Governour, and to present to her 
Majesty an address from the Assembly to her Majesty in that 
behalf. Then Colonel Cleland acquainted the Board that Sir Beville 
Granville had writ at large to their lordships by the Milford upon 
the late disorders in Barbados, and that he had sent by the said 
ship his reasons for suspending the four counsellors, with their 
answer and his reply thereunto ; as also his reasons for not 
admitting Mr. Downes into the Councill, pursuant to her Majesty's 
mandamus in that behalf, which he doubted not would give their 
lordships full satisfaction in that matter so soon as the Milford shall 
arrive, which ship having been disabled at sea was supposed to be 
gone to Lisbon to re-fit and might be expected here in a short time. 
And being asked how the quorum of the Assembly there came to be 
15, he said it was by a standing order of that house, which the 
present Assembly had altered, reducing that number to 13 ; and 
being desired he promised to draw up in writing what he knew 
relating to the late disorders there [fo. 242]. 



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71 



A petition of Mr. Robert Baron [fo. 213], late minister at Bermuda, 
relating to some hardships he indured there, was read ; whereupon 
their lordships resolved to take that matter into consideration 
the next time the Lord Bishop of London shall be at the Board. 

The letter from Mr. Roop with the other papers relating to 
Newfoundland [fo. 198 et infra] mentioned in the last minutes to 
have been received from Mr. Merret, were read ; and thereupon 
ordered that Captain Lloyd have copies of all the said papers but 
Mr. Roop's letter, that not having any relation to him. 

Captain Lloyd presented to their lordships a certificate from 
Captain Bridge, late commodore of the Newfoundland convoy, in 
favour of the said Lloyd against the complaints of John Adams, 
which was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ 
to Mr. Burchet to desire that Captain Bridge [fo. 205] may have 
directions to attend the Board to-morrow in the afternoon. 



1704. 
Bermuda. 

Petition of Mr. 

Baron, late minister, 

about hardships. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from 
Mr. Roop. Papers. 

Copies given to 
Captain Lloyd. 

Certificate from 
Captain Bridge re- 
lating to Captain 
Lloyd's usage of John 
Adams. 



December 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

Captain Lloyd attending [v. supra, fo. 211, 212] and acquainting 
their lordships that he had several papers which would serve as 
answers to the complaints delivered him by order of the Board 
yesterday, he was directed to put those papers in a method and 
to draw up in writing what he had further to add thereunto, and 
present it to their lordships on Friday morning next. 

Captain Bridge [fo. 204, 206], commodore of the Newfoundand 
convoy not attending, as had been desired ; ordered that another 
letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to desire that Captain Bridge may 
have orders from his royal highness the Lord High Admiral's Council 
to attend on Friday morning next. 

Mr. Blathwayt communicated to the Board an account of all 
the bullion and coyn entred for exportation for three years ending 
at Michaelmas, 1704, which was read. 

Mr. Blathwayt also communicated to the Board the copy of an 
Act past in Scotland 16th September, 1703, entituled Act in favours 
of the company trading to Africa and the Indies. 

The copy of an Act allowing the importation of wines and other 
foreign liquors into Scotland, past there 16th September, 1703, as 
also the copy of an Act allowing the exportation of wooll from Scotland, 
past there the 25th August, 1704, were read. 

Ordered that Captain Baker be desired to attend the Board 
on Fryday morning next. 

A representation [fo. 200, 249] upon the petition of Mr. Chilton, 
Attorny General of Barbados, for leave to be absent from that 
island for the recovery of his health, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 9th instant [fo. 163] 
upon an extract of a letter from Sir William Matthew, relating 
to the want of ordnance in the Leeward Islands, was read ; and 
thereupon the letter [fo. 202, 215] directed the last meeting to the 
Board of Ordnance, inquiring what stores of war were sent with 
Sir William Matthew, and what are yet remaining of those directed 
to be sent, by her Majesty's Order in Council of the 23rd of February 
last, was signed. 



Newfoundland. 

Captain Lloyd 

with answer to 

complaints. 



Letter to 

Mr. Burchet about 

Captain Bridge's 

attendance. 



Trade. 

Foreign gold and 
silver exported. 

Copies of Scotch 
Acts about trade to 
Africa and the Indies. 
Importation of wiyies, 
and exportation of 
wooll from Scotland. 



Letter to Mr. 
Baker thereupon. 

Barbados. 

Representation for 

leave for Mr. 

Chilton to be absent. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about stores of war. 

Letter to 

Board of Ordnance. 

thereon. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 206-209. 



1704. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from 

Mr. Burchet about 

Captain Bridge and 

duplicate of inquiries. 

St. Christophers. 

Representation on 
two Acts. 

Barbados. 

Copy of an Order of 

Council on 

representation for 

Mr. Mills to be a 

counsellor. 

Antegoa. 

Attorny OeneraVs 
report on two Acts. 



New Yorke. 

Extract of Mr. 
Plowman's petition 
relating to provisions 
taken from him to be 



sent to Lord Combury. 



Mr. Lodwick about 

Act relating to 

Bayard and Hutchins. 



Representation to be 
drawn thereupon. 



December 14. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 12th instant [fo. 205, 211], 
signifying that Captain Bridge is not yet come to town, and that 
the duplicate of the inquiries did not reach him before he sailed 
for Newfoundland, was read. 

A representation [fo. 201, 229] upon the two St. Christopher's Acts 
mentioned in the minutes of the 12th instant, was signed. 

Copy of an Order of Council of the 16th of November last upon 
a representation [fo. 170] of the same date, proposing Mr. Mills to 
be of the Councill of Barbados in the room of Mr. Prere, who had 
refused to serve any longer in the Councill, approving the same, 
was read. 

Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 20] upon An Act past at 
Antegoa in February last for establishing Courts and settling due 
methods for the administration of Justice in that island, as also the 
Act itself, were read ; and their lordships thereupon agreed to 
report their opinion that the said Act be repealed for the reasons 
expressed in Mr. Attorney's said report. 

Mr. Plowman attending [fo. 193, 216] with Mr. Lodwick and 
Mr. Livingston [M. fo. 81], the two last acquainted the Board that 
Mr. Plowman had above 100 barrells of pork and beef in the Jersies, 
besides 8 chests of candles, which were taken from him by order 
of Captain Leisler, when he assumed the government of New Yorke, 
for the use of the people the said Leisler had put into garrison at 
Albany. Whereupon their lordships gave directions for preparing 
a letter to the Lord Cornbury, transmitting the extract of 
Mr. Plowman's petition, mentioned in the minutes of the 5th instant, 
and directing him and the Council to report their opinion there- 
upon, as had been done formerly to the Earle of Bellomont. 

Then Mr. Lodwick [fo. 143] desiring their lordships to take into 
consideration his memorial relating to An Act past at New Yorke 
declaring the illegality of the proceedings against Colonel Bayard and 
Alderman Hutchins &c. null and voyd, the said memorial was read ; 
and their lordships gave directions (notwithstanding the minute 
of the 12th of September last upon that subject) for preparing a 
report to her Majesty [fo. 209] with their opinion that her Majesty- 
be pleased to confirm the said Act so soon as the said Bayard and 
Hutchins shall have given security, singly and joyntly, in the summe 
of 5,000^. not to prosecute any persons concerned in the proceedings 
against them, according to Mr. Attorny General's report, or that 
otherwise a new Act be passed for the like effect, with proper 
clauses to indemnify persons whom it may concern. 



Ireland. 
Crook Haven. 

Letter from 
Secretary Hedges to 
know what the mer- 
chants who petition 
will contribute. 



December 15. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 14th upon a repre- 
sentation of this Board of the 7th instant relating to Crook Haven 
[fo. 197], requiring their lordships to discourse the merchants of 
London who had signed the petition upon that subject, to see 
what part they would contribute towards the making that harbour 



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73 



defensible, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said 
merchants [fo. 212] be summon 'd to attend the Board on Tuesday 
next. 

An Order of Oouncill of the 14th instant, directing the Board to 
signify to the agents of Connecticut and Rhode Island that her 
Majesty had been pleased to put off the hearing [fo. 200, 247] 
appointed for the 4th of January next to Thursday the first of 
February next, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said 
agents have notice thereof. 

A representation [fo. 208, 323] as directed in yesterday's minutes, 
upon an Act past at New Yorke for declaring the illegality of the 
proceedings against Colonel Bayard and Alderman Hutchins nidi 
and voyd, was signed. 

Captain Baker attending, and being asked what he had to offer 
for preventing the exportation of wooll into Scotland, he said 
the best method he could think of would be by having a good 
guard upon the borders, and by having all the wooll within a certain 
distance of Scotland, registred. 

A letter from Mrs. Furnese [fo. 146, 202] signifying that the seales 
of New Hampshire and Maryland were finished, and desiring to 
know whether she is to deliver them as finished, or keep them 
till all be done, was read ; ordered that she be acquainted that she 
may deliver them to the secretary as they are dispatched, taking 
his receipt for the same. 



1704. 

Merchants summoned 
thereupon. 

Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Hearing of the 
agents in Council put 
off till February next. 



New Yorke. 

Representation on 

Act for reversing the 

attainder of Bayard 

and Hutchins. 

Trade. 

Captain Baker about 
preventing exporta- 
tion of wooll into 
Scotland. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Mrs. 
Furnese about seales. 

Answer returned. 



December 19. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Captain Jones [fo. 110], late commander of her Majesty's ship 
Sea Horse at Jamaica, presented to their lordships a letter from 
Colonel Handasyd, dated the 19th June last, relating to the loss 
of the said ship and to the conduct of the said Captain Jones, which 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said letter 
be sent to Mr. Burchet, to be laid before his royal highness the Lord 
High Admiral's Councill. 

Captain Bridge [fo. 206], late commander of the Newfoundland 
convoy, attending, and being asked several questions, he answered 
in substance as follows : That the boom was near finished when he 
came away, that it is extraordinarily well done, and he believes 
one of the best in Europe [fo. 204, 212] ; that he had not suspended 
Captain Lloyd, but brought him home, by the advice of other 
captains of ships and most of the considerable inhabitants there, 
upon a petition from the soldiers who had threatened to desert if 
the said Lloyd commanded them any longer ; that the soldiers hired 
themselves to fishermen, during the fishing season, and that the 
officers had half of what the soldiers earned in that work ; and that 
the garrison consists but of 48 effective men. Whereupon a paper 
of queries [fo. 243], relating to the state of Newfoundland, was 
delivered to Captain Bridge, and he desired to bring his answer 
thereunto on Fryday the 29th instant, which he promised to do 
accordingly. 

Then Captain Lloyd, Captain Richards and Mr. Merret attending, 
[fo. 204] Mr. Merret declared to their lordships that he had nothing 



Jamaica. 

Captain Jones, late 

commander of the 

Seahorse with a letter 

from the Oovernour. 

Letter to 
Mr. Burchet. 

Newfoundland. 

Captain Bridge about 

state of 

Newfoundland. 

Boom near finished. 
Captain Lloyd. 



Strength of the 
garrison. 



Newfoundland. 

Captain Lloyd, 

Captain Richards 

and Mr. Merret. 

The two last in favour 

of the former. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 212-214. 



1704. 

Lloyd promises 
his answer. 



Ireland. 

Merchants about 
Crook Haven. 



Bermuda. 

Mr. Baron, late 

minister, to draw his 

desire in writing. 

Leeward Islands. 

Extract of Mr. 

Harwich's memorial 

relating to ministers 

given to Bishop of 

London. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from 

Secretary Hedges 

about draught of a 

Bill for importing 

naval stores. 

Mr. Bridger to briny 

what he has to offer 

on that subject in 

writing. 



Barbados. 

Sir John Stanly 

about copies of 

minutes of the 

Councill. 



to offer against Captain Lloyd, but had heard a very good character 
of him, and Captain Lloyd being asked whether he had prepared 
his answer to the complaints against him, he said that it was not yet 
perfected. Whereupon their lordships directed him to bring it on 
Fryday the 29th instant [Jo. 221]. 

Sir Gilbert Heathcote [fo. 209], Mr. Way, Mr. Richard Carey and 
Mr. Galdie and other merchants attending, and being acquainted 
with the purport of Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter of the 14th instant 
relating to their contributing towards the making Crook Haven 
defensible ; they said that not only all the merchants trading 
to the plantations, but also those trading to Portugal, Italy and 
other parts of the world, were equally concerned with them in the 
benefit that would accrue by fortifying Crook Haven, and that it 
was not to be expected that such a vast number of merchants 
should ever agree to proportion any contribution of that kind ; 
that the Customes were given for securing the merchants in their 
trade, and that therefore such a proposition would not be well 
understood to the general body of traders ; that the Customes of 
any one ship from the plantations, especially from Virginia, will 
more than bear the charge of fortifying that place ; that the 
duties already laid upon all commodities, with the additional 
increase lately voted by the Parliament are so great that the Queen 
and the publick is more concerned in interest for the security of 
merchant ships than even the merchants themselves ; and they 
would be glad to let her Majesty have half of the lading of all 
their ships, on condition they paid no duty. Upon which these 
gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for 
preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 214] upon the 
foregoing heads. 

Mr. Baron, late minister of Bermuda, attending in relation to 
his petition [fo. 203, 231] read the 12th instant, he was desired to 
draw up in writing what it was he desired their lordships should do 
for him. 

An extract of Mr. Barwick's memorial presented to the Board 
the 12th instant [fo. 202], relating to the want of ministers in 
the Leeward Islands, was recommended to the Lord Bishop of 
London. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 18th instant, signifying 
her Majesty's pleasure that this Board do prepare the draught of a 
Bill for incouraging the importation of naval stores from the planta- 
tions, was read ; and Mr. Bridger [fo. 217] attending, their lordships 
desired him to give them in writing what he had to offer on that 
subject, which he promis'd to do on Thursday morning next. 



December 20. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships being acquainted with Sir John Stanley's desire 
[fo. 202, 219] of taking copies of the minutes of Councill and Assembly 
of Barbados for the last year, several things therein contained being 
of use to him towards the defence of the Governour, ordered 



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7o 



that Sir John be acquainted that if he will name what part of the 
said minutes he thinks necessary to that end, he may have copies 
thereof. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 213, 217], in answer to his 
of the 14th instant relating to the merchants contributing towards 
the making Crook Haven defensible (as mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes), was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Letter from the Board of Ordnance of 16th, in answer to one 
writ tht m the 13th instant [fo. 206], with an account of the stores 
of war sent with Sir William Matthew for the Leeward Islands, 
and of those yet remaining to be sent thither, was read ; and there- 
upon ordered that Mr. Berwick [fo. 221], agent for Sir William 
Matthew, be desired to attend the Board on Fryday the 29th instant. 

An Order of Councill of the 14th instant upon the petition of 
Robert Livingston, secretary of the Indian affaires at New York, 
praying that his suspension from the said office in the time of 
Colonel Fletcher may be taken off, refering the same to this 
Board, was read, and Mr. Livingston attending, was directed to 
lay before their lordships a memorial of what he desires [fo. 223]. 

A letter from Mr. Lambert, a prisoner at Martinico, to Mr. Clayton, 
dated the 27th of June last, with several papers therein refer'd to, 
relating to the strength of the French ships, and prisoners taken 
since the war, and the manner of the French's carrying the silver 
from thence to Europe &c. being communicated to the Board by 
Mr. Blathwayt, was read ; and their lordships gave directions 
for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 217], inclosing 
copies of the said letter and papers, as also a copy of paragraph K 
in Sir William Matthew's letter of 31st August last [fo. 187] con- 
cerning a cartel with the French. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes [fo. 220] for an 
account of what quantities of pitch, tar, rozin and hemp has been 
imported to England, with the names of the several places from 
whence the same is so imported, from Christmas, 1702, to this 
time. 

Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter of the 1st of November last, upon 
Mr. Plowman's petition relating to provisions taken from him 
by Captain Leisler when he assumed the government of New Yorke, 
was again read ; and (notwithstanding the minute of the 1 4th instant) 
[fo. 207], ordered that a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Hedges 
[fo. 2 IS] in favour of the said Plowman. 



1704. 



Ireland. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
aboiit merchants con- 
tributing to fortify 
Crook Haven. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from 

Board of Ordnance 

about stores. 



New Yorke. 

Order of Council on 

petition of Mr. 

Livingston about his 

suspension. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from 

Martinico with papers 

relating to state of 

English prisoners 

there. 



Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

thereupon. 



Trade. 

Letter to 
Mr. Lowndes for 
an account of pitch 
and tar imported. 

New York. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

in favour 

of Plowman. 



December 21. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 

Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 214], in answer to his of the 
14th instant, relating to Crook Haven, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 216] inclosing the papers 
received from Mr. Clayton mentioned in yesterday's minutes, as 
also an extract of Sir William Matthew's letter of the 31st of August, 
relating to a cartel, was signed. 



Ireland. 

Crook Haven. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about English 

prisoners at 

Martinico. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 217-220. 



1704. 
Plantations General. 

Naval stores. 
Bridget. 



Proprieties. 

Copy of an Order of 
Council upon Mr. 
Attomy and Mr. 
Sollicitor General's 
report on Byfield's 
charter. 

Barbados. 

Copy of an Order of 

Council on petition 

of four suspended 

counsellors. 



New York. 

Letter to 
Secretary Hedges 
about Plowman. 



Mr. Bridger attending [Jo. 214, 220] acquainted their lordships 
that he had not yet been able to finish what he had to offer for 
incouraging the importation of naval stores from the plantations, 
but that he would do it in a few days. He was desired to make 
what dispatch he could. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 14th instant upon a report 
from the Lords of a committee, to whom her Majesty has referred 
the consideration of a report [fo. 193] from Mr. Attorney and 
Mr. Sollicitor General upon the draught of a charter desired by 
Mr. Byfield and others for the importation of naval stores, was 
read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 14th instant [fo. 194] upon 
a petition of the four suspended counsellors of Barbados, praying 
to have her Majesty's letter to inable them to take examinations 
and to transmit depositions in their behalf, signifying her Majesty's 
pleasure that the whole matter be respited till the papers trans- 
mitted by Sir Beville Granville in the Milford shall arrive, was 
read. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [Jo. 216], in answer to his of the 
1st of November last, upon the petition of Mr. Plowman, was 
signed. 



Maryland. 
New Hampshire. 

Seals. 



Barbados. 

Agents 

desire copies of 

minutes of Council, 

&c. 



Refused, 



but extracts 
granted. 

Mr. Heysham, dbc, 

about Mr. Downes, 

&c. 



December 22. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The secretary acquainted their lordships that Mrs. Furnese 
had delivered to him two silver seales, viz., one for Maryland and 
one for New Hampshire, and that she promised to finish the rest 
in a very short time. 

Sir John Stanley, Mr. Holder and Mr. Cleland [fo. 214, 241], 
agents for Barbados, attending and desiring they might have copies 
of all the minutes of Councill and Assembly of Barbados for the last 
year, they were acquainted that it is against the rule of the 
Board to give copies of the minutes of Councill and Assembly or 
books of this Commission to any persons but to the Secretaries of 
State or the Councill ; that the Board has perused the minutes and 
will make the proper use of them, as they have already done in then' 
reports to her Majesty ; and in case any persons, as agents to 
Sir Beville Granville or to the Island of Barbados, shall desire any 
particulars out of the said minutes or books for the vindication of 
the Governour, they may have extracts, which will be likewise 
granted to the other side, if demanded. 

Mr. Robert Heysham with his brother and some gentlemen 
lately arrived from Barbados attending, desired to know whether 
their lordships had received any particular complaints against 
Mr. Richard Downes of Barbados, for there were several reports 
spread about town to his disadvantage, particularly that he was 
between 7 and 8,000^. in debt and unable to pay it, which was 
not true, for to their knowledge all but 1,500Z. was cleared, which 
he was ready also to pay on demand. Whereupon these gentle- 
men were acquainted that their lordships had as yet received no 
particular complaints against Mr. Downes, but that, so soon as 
any came, they should have copies of them. 



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77 



December 29. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Davenant of the 23rd instant [Jo. 216], with 
an account of naval stores imported into England from Christmas, 
1701, to Christmas, 1703, was read. 

Mr. Bridger attending [fo. 217, 222], acquainted their lordships 
that he had made same progress in the proposals he had to offer 
in order to the preparing a Bill for the incouraging the importation 
of naval stores, and would present them to their lordships on Tuesday 
next. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to desire him to 
move the Lord Treasurer that the Board may be informed what 
the bounty mony upon the exportation of corn has amounted to 
in any one year since her Majesty's accession to the throne. 

Captain Lloyd [fo. 212, 227, 283] presented to their lordships 
his answer to the complaints against him, with 14 papers therein 
refer'd to ; and thereupon ordered that an abstract be made of 
the said complaints and answers. Captain Lloyd taking notice of 
the badness of the provisions, especially of the bisquet, sent this 
year to Newfoundland, he was desired to draw up a state of the 
matter in writing and present to it their lordships, which he promised 
to do accordingly. 

Mr. Berwick attending [fo. 215, 227] was acquainted with the 
letter from the Board of Ordnance and the accounts of the stores 
of war sent by Sir William Matthew to the Leeward Islands 
(mentioned in the minutes of the 20th instant), and a copy of the 
said account ordered to be given him. 

Mr. Perm attending, acquainted their lordships that he was 
desirous to enter into a treaty [H. fo. 170] [fo. 223] for the sur- 
rendering of the government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty, 
and that in order thereunto he was willing to depart from what 
he had formerly demanded, viz. the nominating three persons 
to her Majesty of which her Majesty was to choose one to be 
Governour. Whereupon he was desired to draw up his proposals 
in writing, which he promised to do accordingly. 

January 2, 170#. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The copy of a letter from Mr. Robinson, her Majesty's Envoy in 
Sweden, to Mr. Secretary Hedges, dated 4th August, 1703, n.s., 
relating to the difficulty in getting pitch and tar from thence, was 
communicated to the Board and read. 

Mr. Bridger [fo. 220, 224] presented to their lordships the draught 
of a Bill for the incourageing of the importation of naval stores 
from the plantations, which was read, and some progress made 
in the consideration of that matter. 

A letter from Mr. Penn, containing new proposals for a surrender 
of his government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty [fo. 221, v. infra], 
was read ; and their lordships resolved to take the same into 
consideration at the first opportunity. 



1704. 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 

Davenant. Account 

of naval stores. 

Plantations General. 

Naval stores. 
BHdqer. 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 
Lowndes for account 
of bounty mony on 
exportation of corn. 

Newfoundland. 

Captain Lloyd's 

answer 
to complaints 



Leeward Islands. 

Copy of account of 

stores of war, &c, 

given to Berwick. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn about a 

surrender of his 
government of Penn- 
sylvania, <fcc. 



1704-5. 

Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 
Robinson at Sweden, 
about pitch and tar. 

Plantations General. 

Draught of a Bill for 

importing naval 

stores. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Penn 

with new proposals 

for surrendering his 

government. 



January 3. Present : — Lord 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



Dartmouth, Mr, Blathwavt, 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 223-226. 



1704-5. 
New Yorke. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Livingston, about his 
suspension from the 
place of Secretary for 

Indian affaires. 
Representation to be 
prepared thereupon. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Penn 

about surrender of 

his government. 

Representation to be 
prepared. 

Plantations General. 

Draught of a Bill to 
incourage importa- 
tion of naval stores. 



Mr. Livingston presented to the Board a memorial relating to 
his suspension from his place of Secretary of the Indian affaires at 
New Yorke, as directed the 20th of the last month [fo. 215, 225], 
which was read ; and directions were given for preparing a repre- 
sentation to Her Majesty thereupon [fo. 226]. 

A letter from Mr. Penn in further explanation of his additional 
proposals [v. supra, fol. 230] mentioned in yesterday's minutes 
relating to the surrendering of his government to her Majesty's, being 
read ; their lordships gave directions for preparing a representation 
thereupon. 

Their lordships entred into the further consideration of the 
draught of a Bill for the incouragement of the importation of 
naval stores from the plantations [fo. 222, 225], and made some 
progress therein. 



New England. 

Letter from Mr. 

Lowndes with Taylor's 

petition relating to 

a duty on his ships. 



Plantations General. 

Naval stores. 



January 4. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 2nd instant signifying my 
Lord Treasurer's desire to have the opinion of this Board upon a 
petition of Mr. John Taylor relating to a duty demanded by the 
government of New England upon his ships, though built in that 
country, for transporting of masts to England, was read ; and an 
answer thereunto immediatly drawn up and sent ; and ordered 
that, in the next letter to be writ to Colonel Dudley, a copy of the 
said petition be sent to him, and that he be directed to transmit 
to their lordships an authentic copy of the Act whereby the foresaid 
duties are laid. 

The draught of a Bill [fo. 224 et infra] for incouraging the 
importation of naval stores from the plantations, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with Bill about naval 

stores. 

New Yorke. 

Mr. Livingston at 

the Board about his 

petition. 



January 5. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 18th of 
the last month inclosing the draught of a Bill [v. supra, fo. 325] 
for the effectual incouraging the importation of naval stores from 
her Majesty's plantations in America, was signed. 

Mr. Livingston attending [fo. 223, 226], and desiring their lordships 
report upon his petition refer'd to their lordships by her Majesty's 
Order in Councill of the 14th of the last month ; he was told their 
lordships would take that matter into their consideration the first 
opportunity. 



New Yorke. 

Draught of repre- 
sentation on 
Livingston' s petition. 



January 9. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

The draught of a representation [fo. 223, 229] upon the Order of 
Council] of the 4th of the last month, upon Mr. Livingston's petition, 
was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



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79 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 5th instant, refering 
to the consideration of this Board several papers relating to 
Placentia, and to the company of soldiers at St. John's in Newfound- 
land, was read ; and directions given for preparing an answer 
thereunto [fo. 232]. 

A letter from Mr. Jackson, minister of Newfoundland, with the 
following papers therein inclosed, were laid before the Board, viz. : — 

Declaration of the chief inhabitants of St. John's Harbour, 
setting forth the behaviour and practices of Captain Lloyd, whilst 
commander of the garrison in Newfoundland. 

Copy of the petition of the commanders of ships and inhabitants 
of Newfoundland to Commodore Bridge, praying his care in 
preventing the desertion of the soldiers there. 

Certificate of the commanders of ships and of the inhabitants 
in favour of Mr. Jackson, minister there. 

Certificate of the soldiers at Newfoundland in favour of 
Mr. Jackson, the minister there. 

Ordered that Captain Lloyd and Commodore Bridge [fo. 221, 232] 
be sent for to attend the Board on Thursday next. 

Mr. Berwick [fo. 221] presented to their lordships an extract of 
a letter from Sir William Matthew to himself, dated the 28th 
September last, relating to stores of war wanting in the Leeward 
Islands, which was read, and directions given for preparing a 
representation thereupon [fo. 229]. 

Four letters from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 129], dated the 

13th and 20th November, the and 19th instant, together 

with a book containing an account, as stated by him, of the damages 
done him by the Dutch governour and Councill of Surinam, were 
laid before the Board, and directions given for writing a letter to 
the merchants [fo. 228] to whom his accounts are refer'd for their 
report in that matter. 

An Order of Council of the 30th upon a representation of the 
7th of November last [Jo. 154, 229] relating to stores of war for 
New England, directing the Board to prepare a letter for her Majesty's 
signature to the Governour of New England, as proposed in the said 
representation, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the draught 
of a letter be prepared accordingly [fo. 229]. 

Mr. Blathwayt communicated to the Board an extract of a 
letter from Captain Wenham, dated at New Yorke the 2nd of 
November last, relating to the proclamation for settling the rate 
of foreign coin in the plantations. 



1704-5. 
Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with papers about 

Placentia and 

soldiers. 

Letter from Mr. 

Jackson with papers 

of complaints against 

Captain Lloyd. 



Letter to 
Captain Lloyd and 
Commodore Bridge 

to attend. 

Leeward Islands. 

Stores of war 
wanting. 



Miscellanies. 

Letters from 

Mr. Clifford about 

his accounts. 



New England. 

Order of Council 
on representation 
about stores of war, 
directing a letter to 
be drawn for the 
Queen's signature. 

New York. 

Extract of a letter 
about coine. 



January 10. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Prior communicated to the Board a paper delivered to him by 
Mr. William Cary, relating to the trade and fishery of Newfoundland. 

A letter to Mr. Samuel Shepherd [fo. 227], Mr. John Gardner, 
and Mr. Jacob Oosterland, desiring them to dispatch the 
examination of Mr. Clifford's accounts, was signed and ordered 
to be sent in a letter from the secretary to Mr. Clifford to deliver 
as he shall see cause [fo. 250]. 



Newfoundland. 

Trade and fishery. 

Miscellanies. 

Letter to 

Mr. Clifford about 

his accounts. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 229-232. 



1704-5. 
Leeward Islands. 

Stores of war. 
Representation. 

New England. 

Draught of letter for 
her Majesty's signa- 
ture to the Oovernour 
about Pemaquid and 
salary. 



New York. 

Representation on 
Livingston 's petition. 

St. Christopher's. 

Order of Council 

on two Acts. 



Pennsylvania. 

Draught of a letter 

to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about Mr. 

PenrCs proposal to 

surrender his 

government. 

Letter to Mr. Penn 
with queries. 



A representation [fo. 227, 249] upon Sir William Matthew's late 
letter relating to the want of cannon &c. in the Leeward Islands, 
was signed. 

The draught of a letter [fo. 96, 228, 231] for her Majesty's 
signature to Colonel Dudley relating to the re-building of Pemaquid 
fort, the contributing towards the charge of the fort at Piscataway 
and the settling a salary on the Govemour and Lieutenant C4overnour 
of the Massachusets Bay for the time being, pursuant to her 
Majesty's order of the 30th of November last ; [fo. 227], as also 
a representation [fo. 231] for laying the same before her Majesty, 
were agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A representation [fo. 226, 248] upon Mr. Livingston's petition 
relating to his place of Secretary for the Indian affaires at New 
Yorke, was signed. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 14th of December last, upon 
a representation [fo. 207] of the same date relating to two Acts past 
at St. Christophers the 23rd of September last, approving the 
same, was read. 

The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon Mr. Perm's 
proposal [fo. 223] for surrendering his right of government of 
Pennsylvania and his claim to the government of the three lower 
counties to her Majesty, was read ; and thereupon ordered that 
the following queries be sent to Mr. Penn for his answer in writing 
on Fryday morning next, viz. : — 

Q. What is meant by Seignory and proprietary priviledges ? A 
full and distinct account is desired what those priviledges are and 
how far they are understood to extend. 

Q. Who is to be understood by the word successors that are to be 
exempted from publick offices and taxes ? 

Q. Whether by intire liberty of conscience anything else is meant 
than such a toleration as is allow'd by the Act of Parliament past 
here ? 

Q. What is meant by the people called Quakers being continued 
as capable and eligible to any civil imployments ? What are those 
imployments ? Is it intended such people shall be admitted to 
imployments without taking the oath directed by the law of 
England or the affirmation allowed to Quakers % And will such 
people allow such persons as in England would be obliged and are 
willing to take an oath in any publick proceedings, to doe the 
same ? 



New England. 

Representation with 

draught of letter. &c, 

about Pemaquid. 

Bermuda. 

Further petition 

from Mr. Baron 

relating to his 

services. 



January 1 1 . Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation [fo. 229, 248] with the draught of a letter for 
her Majesty's signature to Colonel Dudley relating to the rebuilding 
the fort at Pemaquid &c. as agreed in yesterday's minutes, was 
signed. 

Mr. Baron, late minister in Bermuda [jo. 213] presented to their 
lordships a further petition relating to what is due to him for having 
officiated one year and nine months at the church of St. Georges ; 
whereupon he was told their lordships would take that matter into 
consideration at the first opportunity. 



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81 



Captain Lloyd, Commadore Bridge with Captain Richards [fo. 227] 
attending, presented to their lordships two letters relating to the 
behaviour of Mr. Jackson [fo. 264], minister at Newfoundland. 
Then their lordships agreed the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges [fo. 226 et infra] in answer to his of the 5th instant relating 
to Newfoundland, and ordered it to be transcribed. 

January 12. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The extract of a letter from Mr. Roop, dated in Newfoundland 
the 27th of October last, relating to Placentia, was communicated 
to the Board by Mr. Blathwayt. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [v. supra] in answer to his of the 
5th instant, relating to Newfoundland, inclosing to him copies of 
the examinations of several spies sent to Placentia and of deserters 
from thence, as also a copy of the foregoing extract, was signed. 

Mr. Penn presented to the Board his answer to the queries [fo. 230, 
318] mentioned in the minutes of the 10th instant, which was read ; 
and some difficulties arising upon the first article, he promised to 
bring a further explanation thereof. And as to the second, wherein 
he says by successors he means his children and posterity, yet he 
agreed it should be understood only of the males. He further 
promised to present to their lordships some general proposals which 
he thought would tend very much to the good of the plantations 
on the continent of America. 

January 16. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation upon the petition of the Canary merchants 
[fo. 200, 234] complaining of Mr. Raworth &c. for not allowing 
them sufficient tonnage in the two transport ships sent to fetch 
off the effects of her Majesty's subjects at the Canaries, was agreed 
and ordered to be transcribed. 

A box containing several letters from the Lord Cornbury, and 
now received from Mr. Mercer, was laid before the Board. 

January 18. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 

Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A representation upon the petition of the Canary merchants 
[fo. 233, 242, 365], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

An Order of Councill of the 11th instant, requiring this Board 
to prepare the draught of an instruction to the several Governours in 
America requiring them to send to the Board of Ordnance accounts 
every six months of the state of the several ordnance stores within 
their respective governments, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that an instruction [fo. 247] be prepared accordingly. 

January 19. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt. Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter from Mr. John Evans, Deputy Governour of Pennsylvania, 
to the Board, dated the 10th October last, inclosing two proclama- 
tions relating to the settlement of the militia, was read. 

Wt. 16557 F 



1704-5. 
Newfoundland. 

Commodore Bridge, 
Captain Richards, 

Captain Lloyd, about 

Mr. Jackson, the 

minister there. 



Newfoundland. 

Extract of a letter 

relating 

to Placentia. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with several papers 

about Placentia. 

Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's answer 
to queries. 



Trade. 

Representation on 

the petition of 
Canary merchants. 



New York. 

Letters from the 
Governor. 



Trade. 

Representation on 
Canary ?nerchants' 

petition. 

Plantations General. 

Order of Council 

relating to an 

instruction for the 

Governors to send 

to Board of Ordnance, 

an account of stores 

&c. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter 
from Mr. Evans. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 235-238. 



1704-5. 
Maryland. 

Letter from 
Colonel Quary with 
the following papers. 



Extract of the 

foregoing letter sent 

to Mr. Lowndes. 



New England. 

Letters from 
Colonel Dudley. 



Papers of publick 
proceedings. 



A letter from Colonel Quary to the Board, dated in Maryland, 
the 15th October last, was read ; and the following papers therein 
refer'd to were laid before the Board, viz. : — 

Copy of a proclamation by the Deputy Governour of Pennsylvania, 
requiring all persons in that government (Quakers excepted) to 
arm and inlist themselves in the militia. 

Letter from Mr. Rolph to Colonel Quary about Mr. Perm's being 
presented for an assault on the constable and watch. 

Copy of two addresses from the Quakers to her Majesty relating 
to qualification by an affirmation to become general to all her 
Majesty's subjects in that province. 

Copy of an address from the Assembly of Pennsylvania to the 
Deputy Governour relating to the three lower counties. 

Mr. John Evans's letter to Colonel Quary, dated the 2nd September 
1704. 

Copy of Colonel Quary's letter to Mr. John Evans, Deputy 
Governour of Pennsylvania, in answer to his of the 2nd September, 
1704, relating to the Queen's order about courts. 

Copy of an answer from the representatives of the province 
of Pennsylvania to the representatives of the three lower counties. 

Copy of the condescension made by the representatives of the 
three lower counties to the Assembly of Pennsylvania. 

Copies of two speeches of Mr. John Evans, Deputy Governour of 
Pennsylvania, to the Assembly there. 

Copy of an address from the Assembly of Pennsylvania to 
Mr. John Evans, Deputy Governour, also copy of a clause proposed 
which imposes the Quakers test on all her Majesty's subjects there. 

Copy of a proclamation issued by Mr. John Evans, Deputy 
Governour of Pennsylvania, the 23rd September, 1704, making 
void the proceedings of a court held there. 

Copy of the Assembly of Pennsylvania's address to the Deputy 
Governour, relating to their refusing the quota expected from them. 

Extract of some Councill proceedings in relation to a prize brought 
in and condemned in Maryland. 

And thereupon ordered that copy of paragraph M of the foresaid 
letter, relating to the prize taken in Maryland, and copy of the 
Council proceedings thereupon, be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be laid 
before the Lord Treasurer. 

January 23. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Several letters and papers from Colonel Dudley, being lately 
received, were laid before the Board, the list whereof is as follows, 
viz. : — 

Letter from Colonel Dudley to the Board, relating to the state 
of the Massachusets Bay, dated the 13th July, 1704. 

Letter from Colonel Dudley to the Board, dated at Boston, 
October 10th, 1704. 

Minutes of Councill from 27th July, 1704, to 22nd of September 
following. 

An Act for the better inabling the inhabitants to pursue the 
enemy in the winter season, past 23rd August, 1704, 



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1704-5. 

A Bill for regulating the measure of boards, joices and planks, 
23rd August, 1704. 

Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 9th to the 30th August, 
1704. 

Letter from Colonel Dudley to the Secretary, dated the 1 7th October 
1704, relating to a petition presented to him by several merchants 
&c. about their ships being taken into Martinique. 

Copy of a petition of several merchants &c. of Boston to 
Colonel Dudley, relating to their ships being taken into Martinique. 

Letter from Mr. Addington to the Secretary, dated at Boston, 
October the 7th, 1704. 

List of fines and forfeitures in New England and New Hampshire 
for seven years. 

List of causes tryed in the several courts of judicature hi the 
Massachusets Bay. 

Minutes of Councill from 28th October, 1703, to the 29th February 
following. 

An Act for making and emitting of a further summe of bills of 
credit upon a fund granted for the same, past 26th May, 1703. 

Several Acts past at Boston the 22nd of October, 1703. 

Several Acts past at Boston the 22nd December, 1703. 

An Act against counterfeiting the bills of credit on this province, 
past 31st of May, 1704. 

Several Acts past at Boston October the 5th, 1704. 

Minutes of Council in Assembly from October the 27th, 1703, 
to the 2nd December following. 

Whereupon their lordships signed a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, Letter to Mr. 
inclosing to him a copy of the foresaid petition of the merchants of reiatln^lo N mo Enq- 
Boston mentioned in Colonel Dudley's foregoing letter of the land ships taken and 
17th of October, relating to their ships taken and carryed to oarry'd to Martinique. 
Martinico &c. 

A letter from Mr. Merret, inclosing to their lordships a letter Newfoundland, 
from Mr. Roop of the 8th of October last, giving an account of the State thereof ' &0 ' 
present state of Newfoundland, as also a petition of several traders Petition against 
to Newfoundland against Mr. Campbell, sub-commissioner of the sub-commissioner 
prizes there, were read ; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said ' or pn 
petition be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be laid before my Lord Treasurer. Seni t° Mr - Lowndes. 

Mr. Merret attending, presented to their lordships a memorial Memorial about 
relating to convoys for the next year's trade to Newfoundland, c ° nv ° v Lar. 
which was read ; and thereupon ordered that a representation Representation to be 
[fo. 244] be prepared for laying the same before her Majesty. prepared thereupon. 

A memorial from Captain Lloyd relating to his expences in Captain Lloyd's 
purchasing provisions &c. for the soldiers at Newfoundland, was inemonal of his 

t P , nil /-i ii expenses for the use 

read ; and thereupon ordered that when (Japtam Lloyd calls next f the soldiers. 
at the Office he be desired to produce the accounts of his said 
disbursements [fo. 283]. 

Colonel Blakiston and Mr. Perry attending, communicated to Maryland, 

their lordships an address from the Governour and Councill of Address of the 

Maryland to her Majesty, relating to the raising of men in Virginia Assembly of Mary- 

and Maryland for the service of New Yorke, which was read ; land t0 { h f Q ucen 

whereupon they were advised to lay the said address before her ? or "assistance % '"New 

Majesty by one of her Principal Secretaries of State. Yorke. 



84 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS. [I. 241-244. 



1704-5. 
Barbados. 

Agents desire to 

peruse the minutes 

of Councill and 

Assembly, &c. 



Granted. 



Colonel Cleland's 
account of the heats 
and animosities in 

Barbados. 

Order of Council on 

the petition of Mr. 

Lee forcibly brought 

from Barbados. 



Trade. 

Order of Council on 
representation rela- 
ting to the Canary 
merchants, &c. 

The Board, <fcc, to 

attend the Council 

thereupon. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to 
Mr. Burchet about 

Captain Bridge's 
answer to queries. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from Board 

of Ordnance 

about recalling 

several artificers. 



New England. 

Address of the 

Assembly, &c, about 

stores of war. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to Board of 

Ordnance about 

recalling some 

artificers. 

Newfoundland. 

Representation on the 
merchants' memorial. 

Sent to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges. 



Sir John Stanley, Colonel Cleland and Mr. Holder [Jo. 219, 261] 
agents for Barbados, attending, presented to their lordships a 
memorial praying that, in order to the justification of Sir Beville 
Granville's proceedings against the complaints of five of the 
Assembly of that island, they may be permitted to peruse the 
minutes of the Councill and Assembly since Sir Beville Granville's 
government. Whereupon ordered that they may peruse the same 
in the presence of one of the clerks of the office, and take such 
extracts thereof as they shall find necessary. 

Colonel Cleland [Jo. 203] presented to their lordships an account 
of the heats and animosities that have lately been in the island of 
Barbados. 

An Order of Councill of the 11th instant refering to this Board 
the petition of the agents of Barbados, complaining that one 
Mr. Francis Lee [fo. 246], a sollicitor and ensign of the militia there, 
was forcibly brought from that island by Captain St. Loe, com- 
mander of her Majesty's ship the Dolphin, was read. 

An Order of Councill of the 18th instant, upon a representation 
of the same date [fo. 234], relating to the Canary merchants' petition, 
directing the parties concerned, as also this Board to attend the 
Councill \Jo. 248] with such papers as are lodged in this office, the 
next Councill day, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said 
papers be got in a readiness. 

January 24. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to desire him to 
move his royal highness the Lord High Admiral's Council that 
Captain Bridge may have directions to give their lordships an 
answer to the queries given him on the 19th December last [Jo. 211, 
247] relating to the state of Newfoundland, and particularly an 
account of his suspension of Captain Lloyd. 

A letter from the Board of Ordnance of the 23rd instant, relating 
to the recalling from Jamaica some artificers now there, was read ; 
and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto [Jo. 244]. 

January 25. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Mr. Nathanael Cary attending, presented to their lordships the 
copy of an address and memorial to her Majesty from the Councill 
and Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, relating to stores of war &c. 
Ifo. 128, 245], the originals whereof are mentioned in the minutes 
of the 3rd of October last to have been thrown overboard when the 
said Cary was carryed prisoner into France, which were read. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance, in answer to theirs relating 
to the recalling of some artificers from Jamaica [Jo. 243], as 
directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

A representation upon the Newfoundland merchants' memorial 
[fo. 241] as directed in the minutes of the 23rd instant, as 
also a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, were 

signed. 



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85 



January 26. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 244] of yesterday's date, 
refering to the consideration of this Board an address and memorial 
of her Majesty from the Councill and Assembly of the Massachusets 
Bay (the copies whereof were presented to the Board yesterday 
by Mr. Cary) relating to stores of war, was read ; and an answer 
thereunto inclosing to Mr. Secretary the representation of this 
Board of the 7th of November last, was signed. 

Colonel Ludwell, Mr. Blair and Mr. Fouace [fo. 95] presented to 
their lordships an abstract of several letters they had lately received 
from Virginia, giving an account of Colonel Nicholson's behaviour 
there, as also the copy of an indictment prefer 'd against Mr. Monroe 
for words spoken by him against Colonel Nicholson, refer 'd to in 
the foresaid abstract, which were read. 

Mr. Lee [fo. 242, 267] mentioned in the petition of the agents 
of Barbados to have been forcibly brought off that island by 
Captain St. Loe, commander of her Majesty's ship the Dolphin, 
attending, presented to their lordships his affidavit setting forth 
the manner of his being carryed off the island and what further 
happen'd till his arrival in England, which was read ; and 
Mr. Holder, who attended at the same time, communicated to their 
lordships a letter to himself and Mr. John Bromley, giving a further 
account of this matter, which was also read, and a copy thereof 
ordered to be taken. And further ordered that a letter be writ to 
Mr. Burchet [fo. 260] inclosing to him a copy of her Majesty's Order 
in Councill of the 11th instant upon the foresaid petition of the 
Barbados agents, and desiring him to move his royal highness 
the Lord High Admiral's Councill that Captain St. Loe and his 
Lieutenant Nicholas Wanley may be directed to attend their 
lordships as soon as may be, in order to their report to her Majesty 
upon that matter. 



1704-5. 



Massachusets. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about address, &c. 

of Council and 



Virginia. 

Ludwell, Blair and 

Fouace about the 
Governor's behaviour. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Lee's affidavit 

about his being 

carryed off the 

island. 



Letter to Mr. 

Holder, <fcc, relating 

to Mr. Lee. 

To be copyed. 

Letter to 

Mr. Burchet, with 

Order of Council 

on petition of the 

agents. 

Captain St. Loe 

and his lieutenant 

to attend. 



January 29. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

An answer from Captain Bridge [fo. 243], late commaclore of the 
Newfoundland convoy, to the queries delivered him the 19th of 
December last, relating to the state of Newfoundland, was read. 

The draught of an instruction [fo. 234, 248] to the several 
governours in America for transmitting half yearly accounts of 
stores of war in their respective governments, as directed in the 
minutes of the 18th instant, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



Newfoundland. 

Answer of the 
commodore to queries. 

Plantations General. 

Draught of instruc- 
tions about account 
of stores of tear. 



January 31. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Provey, signifying that the hearing of the 
Connecticut and Rhode Island agents before her Majesty in Councill 
was put off to Thursday, the 8th of the next month [fo. 209, 264], 
as also that this Board's attendance on the Councill [fo. 242] in 
relation to the Canary merchants will not be expected, but that 
the papers before their lordships relating to that matter be sent 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

The hearing of the 
agents further put off. 

Trade. 
Canary merchants. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 248-250. 



1704-5. 



Plantations General. 

Draught of circular 

letter, tfcc, about 

sending home account 

of stores of war. 

New Yorke. 

Copy of an Order of 

Council for restoring 

Mr. Livingston to 

his place of secretary. 

Massachusets. 

Copy of an Order of 
Councill on repre- 
sentation about 
Pemaquid and 
Governor's salary. 



Leeward Islands. 

An Order of 
Council on representa- 
tion about want of 
cannon. 

Barbados. 

Copy of an Order 
of Council on repre- 
sentation for Chilton's 
return to England, 
dhc. 

New England. 

Letters 
from the Governor. 



Extract about 
missionaries sent to 
Bishop of London. 

Extract about pirates 

sent to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 



Miscellanies. 

Two letters from Mr. 

Clifford complaining 

of delays in his 

accounts. 

Letter to the merchants, 
&c. thereon. 

New Yorke. 

Letter from the Lord 

Cornbury about his 

having made Mr. 

Mompesson chief 

justice. 



to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was read ; and thereupon ordered that 
the said papers be sent to Mr. Secretary accordingly [fo. 253]. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the draught of a 
circular letter [fo. 247] for her Majesty's signature to the several 
Governours in America, relating to their transmitting half-yearly 
accounts of the stores of war in their respective governments, was 
signed. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th, upon a representation of 
the 10th instant [fo. 229], relating to Mr. Livingston's being restored 
to his place of secretary of the Indian affairs at New Yorke, 
approving the same, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 1 1th instant, upon a representa- 
tion of the same date [fo. 231], with a letter for her Majesty's 
signature to Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay. 
relating to the building of Pemaquid [K. fo. 178] and settling a 
salary upon the Governour for the time being, approving the same, 
was read. 

An Order of Council of the 11th, upon a representation of the 
10th instant [fo. 229] relating to the want of cannon &c. for the 
Leeward Islands, refering the same to the Lord High Treasurer, 
was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 14th, upon a representation 
of the 13th of December last [fo. 206] relating to Mr. Chilton, 
Attorney General of Barbados's desire to be absent from that island 
for the recovery of his health, approving the same, was read. 

The letters from Colonel Dudley of the 13th July, 10th and 17th of 
October, as also one of the 7th October from Mr. Addington to the 
secretary, inclosing several papers of publick proceedings, the 
list whereof is mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd instant, 
were read ; and thereupon ordered that copy of paragraph F in the 
letter of the 13th July, relating to the sending of missionaries among 
the Indians, be sent to the Bishop of London, and that paragraphs I 
and K, relating to pirates tryed and condemned in New England, 
as also praragraphs L and Bb, relating to Captain Larimore and 
Lieutenant Wells, accessories to the said pirates, be sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 256] for her Majesty's pleasure thereupon. 

February 1. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Two letters from Mr. Clifford [fo. 228], of the 17th and 26th of the 
last month, were read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be 
prepared to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland [fo. 256], 
signifying that, if they do not intend to make a speedy report on 
Mr. Clifford's accounts refer'd to them, they return the said 
accounts to this office. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 6th of November last, 
signifying the death of Dr. Bridges, late Chief Justice of New Yorke, 
and his having put Mr. Mompesson into that place, and praying 
her Majesty's approbation thereof, was read ; whereupon ordered 
that, in the next representation relating to New Yorke, that matter 
be laid before her Majesty. 



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87 



Another letter from the Lord Cornbury of the same date, relating 
to the state of New Yorke, was read ; and the papers therein 
refer'd to laid before the Board, the list whereof is as f ollows viz. : — 

Account of the disposal of the publick money from the 9th June, 

1702, to the 31st July, 1703. 

Certificate of the officers of the soldiers at New Yorke, relating 
to their having duely received their subsistence since the Lord 
Cornbury's arrival there. 

The Clerk of the Councill's certificate of the Lord Cornbury's 
having sworn the Councill named in his instructions. Colonel Romer 
was then absent, but since sworn, and has not from that time sat 
in Council. 

The Attorney General of New Yorke's opinion relating to some 
Canary wines imported from the Maderas by Captain Davison, 
29th March, 1704. 

Copy of Mr. Weaver's certificate of his having accounted with the 
Deputy Auditor for fees due to Mr. Blathwayt. 

Copy of Mr. Weaver's note drawn upon Doctor Staats for the pay- 
ment of 1001. to Mr. Depeyster, Deputy Auditor, for ballancing 
Mr. Blathwayt's accounts. 

Copy of the Deputy Auditor's account with Mr. Blathwayt 
from 25th November, 1700, to 25th March, 1703. 

Bill for the defence of the frontiers, past in the Assembly the 
25th October, 1704. 

Copy of a report of a committee of the Councill of New Yorke 
upon the Bill intituled an Act for defence of the frontiers. 

Copy of the amendments made by the Councill of New Yorke to 
the Bill for defence of the frontiers. 

Copy of a message from the General Assembly in answer to the 
amendments made by the Councill to the Bill intituled an Act for 
defence of the frontier's. 

Journal of the General Assembly of New Yorke from the 11th of 
April, 1704, to the 27th of June following. 

Mr. Bulkley's book intituled, Will and. Doom, relating togreivances 
and irreg[u]larities in the province of Connecticut. 

Docquets of the proceedings in the Supream Court at New Yorke 
in the months of June, September and October, 1704. 

Account of her Majesty's revenue in New Yorke from 25th March, 

1703, to the 31st July following, under the management of 
Mr. Caleb Heathcote, Thomas Wenham and Peter Faulconier. 

Account of her Majesty's revenue at New Yorke from 29th 
September, 1703, to the 29th September, 1704. 

And thereupon ordered that paragraphs K, L and M of the 
foresaid letter relating to stores of war, to presents for the Indians, 
and to a guard ship for New Yorke, to be represented to her Majesty. 

February 2. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Secretary acquainted the Board that he had delivered to 
Mr. Ellis all the papers in this office relating to the complaints of 
the Canary merchants, as directed in the minutes of the 31st of the 
last month \Jo. 248, 366] ; the list whereof is as follows, viz. : — 



1704-5. 

Letter from Lord 

Cornbury about state 

of New Yorke. 

Publick papers. 



Representation to be 
prepared on the fore- 
going letter. 



Trade. 

Papers relating to 

the Canary merchants 

delivered to 

Mr. Ellis. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 253-256. 



1704-5. 

List of 
the said papers. 



New England. 
Captain Gary, about 
Captain Larimore 
and his lieutenant 

brought over as 
accessories to pirates. 



Miscellanies. 
Letter to Mr. 
Shepherd, <hc, for 
their despatch of Mr. 
Clifford's accounts in 
one to Mr. Clifford. 



Reference from Mr. Secretary Harley upon the petition of several 
merchants trading to the Canary Islands, relating to hardships they 
received there, to which is annexed, the protests of the merchants 
against Mr. Polden, the consul's declaration and her Majesty's 
grant. [Trade, Bundle F, No. 40.] 

Mr. Raworth and Mr. Taylor's answer to the petition of the 
Canary merchants. [Ibid., 41.] 

Mr. Swan and other Canary merchants' reply to Mr. Raworth 
and Taylor's answer to their complaints. [Ibid., 42.] 

Mr. Raworth &c, rejoynder to the Canary merchants' reply 
sent 'em 3rd instant. [Ibid., 43.] 

The Canary merchants' answer to Mr. Raworth 's rejoynder. 
[Ibid., 44.] 

Declaration of Baptista Cotta, master of a Genoese ship freighted 
at Lisbon for Teneriffe in December with wheat, pease &c, setting 
forth that he had received a bill of exchange upon Raworth &c. 
[Ibid., 46.] 

Eleven affidavits made by the petitioners against Raworth &c., 
in which they set forth the damages they have sustained by being 
deny'd tonnage in the Resolution and Mary. The said Raworth and 
partners having reserved the same for themselves. [Ibid., 47.] 

Copy of the petition of Mr. Raworth and partners, upon which 
her Majesty's licence of November, 1703, was granted. [Ibid., 50.] 

Copy of a paper by which Mr. Raworth and partners ingaged 
not to carry any goods to the Canaries, nor bring any from thence 
but what were truly their own at that time, dated 21st October, 1703. 
[Ibid., 51.] 

Copy of the account of the quantity of all the wines laden on 
board the ships Resolution and Mary, as well upon account of 
Mr. Raworth &c. as others. [Ibid., 52.] 

A translate of protest made by the publick notary that they 
had 241 pipes of Canary remaining there the 2nd June, 1704. 
[Ibid., 53.] 

Further memorial from the Canary merchants, containing instances 
of Mr. Raworth 's having sent effects to the Canaries since the 
declaration of war ; as also eleven affidavits to show what wines they 
had already to ship off from the Canaries had Mr. Raworth allowed 
the tonnage. [Ibid., 55.] 

Memorial from Mr. Raworth, containing an abstract of the papers 
formerly delivered ; as also an affidavit of Mr. Fox relating to the 
quantity of wines belonging to Mr. Raworth &c. [Ibid., 65.] 

Captain Cary attending, and being asked what was become of 
Captain Larimore and Lieutenant Wells [Jo. 264], sent over under 
his care from New England, as acessories to pirates, he acquainted 
their lordships that they were taken and carryed into France with 
him, that they had been seen in England since, and that he has 
heard they are gone away, but he knew not whither, and that he 
had given this account to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

A letter to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland 
[fo. 250, 271], as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed and 
sent in a letter from the Secretary to Mr. Clifford. 



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A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing to him copies of 
paragraphs I, K, L and Bb, in Colonel Dudley's letter of 13th July 
last [fo. 249, 352], as directed in the minutes the 31st of the last 
month, was signed. 

A memorial from Mr. Jennings praying for some further con- 
sideration of his expences [fo. 187] in attending the service of the 
government of Virginia here in England, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that a letter be writ to Colonel Nicholson, recommending 
to him the giving such further incouragement on account of 
Colonel Jennings's services, as opportunity shall offer. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury [fo. 353] of the 14th January, 
170 1, relating to his government of New Jersey, was read ; and 
the papers therein refer'd to, laid before the Board, and are as 
follows : — 

A Bill for the settling and confirming the estates of all proprietors 
and purchasers of land within this province of New Jersey, past 
by the Assembly 24th November, 1703. 

Bill for regulating the purchasing of land from the Indians. 

Journal of the House of Burgesses from the 10th November [to] the 
13th December, 1703. 

Letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, dated the 
4th November, 1704. 

Journal of the Assembly from the 1st to the 28th September, 
1704. 

Another letter from the Lord Cornbury [fo. 353] of the 4th November 
last inclosing the journal of the Assembly of New Jersey, from 
the 1st to the 28th of September last, was also read, and thereupon 
ordered that Mr. Dockmenique, Mr. Dockwray and Mr. Cox [fo. 261, 
265] be informed that the Board have several papers relating to 
New Jersey to communicate to them, when they will call here. 



1704-5. 

Massachuseis. 

Extracts of letters 

from the Governor 

sent to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

Virginia. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Jennings praying a 
further consideration 
of his services, &c. 

Letter to he writ 

to Colonel Nicholson 

thereon. 

New Jersey. 

Letter from 
the Governour. 



Papers therein 
refer'd to. 



New York. 

Letter from 
the Governour. 



New Jersey. 

Letter from the 
Lord Cornbury. 

Letters to 

Mr. Docminique 

Dockwra and Cox 

thereon. 



February 5. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville of the 18th of September, 1704, 
was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, 
the list whereof is as follows , viz. : — 

Copy of Sir Beville Granville's order to Captain Martin, com- 
mander of the Blackwall, to return several men he had pressed out 
of the ship Industry, and the apprentice of Captain Robinson &c, 
dated the 9th September, 1704. 

Captain Martin's answer to Sir Beville Granville's order of 
the 9th September, 1704, dated 11th ditto, relating to the men 
he press'd on board, refusing to deliver up the same. 

Deposition of Captain Ackland, made the 13th September, 1704, 
relating to Captain Martin's pressing his men, and refusing to deliver 
them on the Governour's order. 

Captain Thomas Robinson's deposition, taken before Alexander 
Skqne, Esquire, the 13th of September, 1704, relating to 
Captain Martin's refusing to him an apprentice pressed out of his 
ship, by order of the said Martin. 



Barbados. 

Letter from Sir 
Beville Granville. 

Papers therein 
refer'd to. 



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1704-5. 



Extract of the said 

letter relating to 

Captain Martin to 

be sent Mr. Secretary 

Hedges, doc. 

To Mr. Burchett. 



Letter from 
Sir Bevil Granville. 

Extract about Martin 

and French men of 

war sent to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 

Letter from 

Mr. Burchett about 

Captain St. Lo's 

attendance, dec. 

Agents of Barbados 
summon'd. 



New Jersey. 

Mr. Docminique and 

Mr. Richier about 

copies of papers sent 

from the Lord 

Cornbury. 



Barbados. 

Sir John Stanley, 

Mr. Bridges, dsc, 

about the Governor 's 

justification. 



Complaints about 
Captain Martin, dec. 



Deposition of Alexander Skene, Esquire, taken before the 
Honourable Colonel Robert Johnston the 18th September, 1704, 
relating to Captain Martin's refusing to set on shoar Mr. Maycock, 
Mr. Tyrrell and Mr. Curie, who were fled from justice. 

Deposition of George Hay, Esquire, Deputy Provost Marshall, 
taken before the Honourable Colonel Robert Johnston the 
18th September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's refusing to 
obey the Governour's warrant for delivery of Mr. Maycock and 
Mr. Tyrrell on board his ship the Blackwall. 

Minutes of Councill from the 27th June, 1704, to the 6th September 
following. 

Minutes of Councill in Assembly of the 1 1th and 12th of September, 
1704. 

And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph D and E, 
relating to Captain Martin, commander of the Blackwall, and to 
English prisoners at Martinico, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges 
[fo. 266] to be laid before her Majesty, and copy of the said 
paragraph D to be sent to Mr. Burchet to be laid before his royal 
highness the Lord High Admiral's Councill. 

Another letter from Sir Beville Granville of the 29th September 
last, was read, and thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph A 
and D, relating to Captain Martin, and to the arrival of French 
men of war at Martinico, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges, and to 
Mr. Burchet as aforesaid. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet [fo. 246] signifying that his royal 
highness had given directions to Captain St. Lo of the Dolphin and 
his lieutenant to attend this Board, was read. 

Ordered that the Barbados agents have notice to attend the 
Board on Wednesday next. 

February 7. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Docminique and Mr. Richier [fo. 257] attending, they were 
acquainted that the Lord Cornbury had given the Board an account 
of the proceedings of the late Assemblies in New Jersey, relating 
to a Bill for settling the estates of the proprietors &c, and other 
matters, extracts whereof were ordered to be given them. And 
these gentlemen desiring that they may have a copy of the 
Lord Cornbury's instructions for New Jersey ; ordered that so 
much as relates to the proprietors be given them. 

Sir John Stanley, Mr. Bridges and the other Barbados agents 
attending [fo. 241, 262], acquainted their lordships that they were 
now ready to proceed in the justification of the Governour of that 
island, so soon as the gentlemen who complain against him shall have 
delivered to the Board the reference of their petition. They further 
acquainted their lordships that having received addresses from 
the Councill and Assembly of that island to her Majesty and the 
Lord High Admiral, complaining of the proceedings of 
Captain Martin, commander of her Majesty's ship the Blackwall, 
they had presented the same, and that the said addresses were 
refer'd to the examination of a Councill of war. Whereupon they 
were acquainted that it might be inconvenient to allow assemblies to 



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make their immediate applications to the Queen, but that it 
ought to be to the Governour, who is to transmit the same to 
her Majesty, as there shall be occasion, and that the Board intended 
to write to Sir Beville Granville accordingly. 

Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 266], hi 
answer to the letter writ them the 27th of October last [fo. 147] 
for their opinion how members of Assemblies, wilfully absenting 
themselves from the business of the said Assemblies, may be 
punished, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a representation 
[fo. 280] be prepared for laying the said report before her Majesty 
on Thursday the 15th instant. 

Mr. Heysham, with several Barbadoes gentlemen [fo. 261, 265] 
attending, presented to their lordships an Order of Councill of the 
11th of the last month refering to this Board the petition of John 
Lesley, Philip Kirton, Christopher Estwick, Enoch Gretton and 
Thomas Maxwell, members of the late Assembly of Barbadoes, 
complaining of Sir Beville Granville's proceedings there, was read. 
Whereupon they were directed to bring to their lordships such 
proofs and affidavits as they intended to make use of at the hearing 
of this matter, in order to their being communicated to the agents 
of Barbados, who appear for the Governor, for their answer, which 
in like manner should be communicated to them. And these 
gentlemen acquainting their lordships that Captain St. Lo, com- 
mander of the Dolphin, and his lieutenant, besides several other 
of their witnesses, would not appear without being summoned, 
nor would they then tell the whole truth without they were forced 
to take an oath, they were told that, as for Captain St. Loe 
and his lieutenant, they had already directions from my Lord 
High Admiral to attend this Board, and, for their other witnesses, 
they should be summoned so soon as they should give their names, 
and that, when they were here, their lordships would advise them 
to make affidavits of what they know in these matters before a 
master in chancery. 



1704-5. 



Mr. Attorney and 
Sollicitor' s report 
about the absenting 
members of the 
Assembly. 



Order of Councill 
refering the petition 

of the absenting 
members of Assembly 
to this the (sic) Board. 



The agents in behalf 
of the complainant. 1 ! 
to bring proofs. 



They desire Captain 

St. Lo, &c, may be 

summond ana obliged 

to take their oatlis, 

&c. 



Board's answer. 



February 8. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Povey of this day's date signifying that the 
hearing [fo. 247, 268] of the Rhode Island and Connecticut agents, 
which was to have been this evening before her Majesty in Councill, 
is put off to a further day, was read ; and thereupon ordered that 
notice thereof be given to the parties concerned. 

Captain Cary [fo. 255] presented to their lordships a memorial 
giving an account of Captain Larimore and Lieutenant Wells, sent 
over from New England as accessories to pirates, as also a memorial 
upon the same from Francis Gahtman, who was sent over as an 
evidence against the said Larimore and Wells. 

Ordered that a letter be prepared to the Lord Bishop of London, 
to desire him that Mr. Jackson [fo. 232, 287], the minister at 
Newfoundland, be recalled. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Hearing of the agents 
put off. 



Massachusets. 

Captain Cory's 

memorial about 

Larimore and Wells 

accessories to pirates 

Memorial from 
Mr. Gahtman 
against them. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Bishop of 

London for recalling 

Mr. Jackson. 



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1704-5. 
Barbados. 

Petition of agents 

in behalf of the 

Governor. 



New Jersey. 

Mr. Dockwra, &c, 

about copies of papers 

sent from Lord 

Cornbury. 



Baibadoes. 

Mr. Bernard for 

copies of the minutes 

relating to suspended 

counsellors. 

Granted. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Ball, &c, de- 
siring Mr. Attorney 
General's report 
about absenting 
members may be re- 
turned for a 
reconsideration. 

Extracts of the 

Governor's letters 

about Captain Martin, 

&c, sent to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 



Barbados. 

Letter from Mr. 

Attorney General 

desiring to review 

the report about 

absenting members 

of Assembly. 

Answer. 



Petition of the 

agents of Barbados 

about Lee given 

to Mr. Cobb. 



New Yorke. 

State of the forts and 
fortifications, &c. 



Sir John Stanley, Sir Robert Davers [Jo. 262, 266, 2 & (sic), infra] 
with several gentlemen concerned in the island of Barbados 
attending, presented to the Board a petition in behalf of Sir Beville 
Granville, Governor of that island, and acquainted their lordships 
that they were now ready to proceed in vindication of the Governor, 
and desired that a short day might be appointed for the hearing. 

Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Cox and Mr. Sonmans attending [fo. 257, 261, 
270], they were acquainted with what the Lord Cornbury had 
writ in relation to the late Assemblies held in the Jerseys relating 
to the Bill for settling the estates of the proprietors, and that they 
might peruse the said Bill and take a copy thereof if they found it 
necessary. 

Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 269], and desiring to know of their 
lordships whether they had lately received any thing from Barbados 
in relation to the suspended counsellors, he was acquainted 
that they had received nothing new. Then he desiring to have 
copies of such papers in the office as may relate to the said 
counsellors ; ordered that extracts of the minutes of Councill upon 
that subject be given him. 

Mr. Ball, Mr. Kirton and several Barbadoes gentlemen attending, 
acquainted their lordships that they had been with Mr. Attorney 
General, who had told them that if their lordships would return 
him back his report [fo. 262, and infra] relating to absenting members, 
he would reconsider the same ; whereupon they were acquainted 
that if he would write for it, it should be sent him. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing paragraphs D and E 
of Sir Beville Granville's letter of the 18th of September, and 
paragraphs A and D of that of the 29th of September last [fo. 260], 
as directed in the minutes of the 5th instant, was signed. 

February 9. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Attorney General [v. supra], signifying that 
he has been informed that the matter of fact, as stated in his and 
Mr. Sollicitor General's report relating to the members absenting 
from the Assembly of Barbados, has been misrepresented, and 
that he is therefore content to review the said report, and to alter 
the same as justice shall require, was read, whereupon an answer 
was returned that the case of the absenting members had not been 
misrepresented by their lordshhps to her Majesty, and that if he 
did desire the said report it should be returned him. 

Mr. Cobb attending, and desiring a copy of the petition of the 
Barbados agents [fo. 246, 278] relating to Mr. Lee, brought away 
from that island by Captain St. Lo ; ordered that it be given him 
accordingly. Then their lordships acquainted Mr. Cobb that 
they expected he should bring such affidavits as the gentlemen 
who complain against Sir Beville Granville intended to make use 
of at the hearing of that matter, in order to their being exchanged 
for such as shall be made in behalf of the governour. 

Mr. Congreve, lately arrived from New Yorke, presented to 
their lordships a state of the forts and fortifications and of the 
arms and forces at New Yorke, which was read ; whereupon he was 



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directed to bring their lordships a particular of the armes and 
stores of war that were last sent to New Yorke [fo. 279]. 

A letter from Mr. Povey signifying that her Majesty had 
appointed Monday the 12th instant [fo. 264, 281] for hearing the 
Connecticut and Rhode Island agents, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that notice thereof be given to the parties concerned. 

February 12. Present: — Mr. Cecill. Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Wilcocks inclosing a certificate from Mr. Richard 
Smith, late commander of the Indian Queen, signifying that in his 
return home from Virginia and Maryland he was taken by a French 
privateer, but that he had thrown most of the packets he had 
received from the Governors of Virginia and Maryland overboard, 
was read. 

A letter from Mr. Dummer giving an account of the sailing of 
the Prince packet boat to and from the West Indies, was read. 

February 13. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 265, 274] in behalf of the four 
suspended counsellors of Barbados, and being asked whether 
he was ready to prove the several allegations against Sir Beville 
Granville in the memorial of the said counsellors presented to this 
Board the 26th of September last [fo. 126 &c], he said that he 
could not make good the said articles here, and therefore he desired 
that the letter prepared by this Board for her Majesty's signature 
in November last for allowing affidavits to be taken in Barbados 
might be dispatcht. Whereupon he was told that the draught 
of that letter has been in Mr. Secretary Hedges's hands since the 
5th of December last, but that her Majesty had respited the signing 
thereof till the papers expected from Sir Beville Granville by the 
Milford should arrive, duplicates whereof were now lately come 
to their lordships' hands. Upon which Mr. Bernard desired their 
lordships would signify the arrival of those duplicates to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, which was told him should be done accordingly. 

Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Cox and Mr. Sonmans [fo. 265] attending and 
desiring to have a copy of the Lord Cornbury's instructions for 
New Jersey, they were told that it was not usual to give copies of 
the Governors' instructions, but if they would give a list of such 
particular articles [v. infra] as they desired, their lordships would 
consider thereof at the next meeting ; whereupon they left a list 
accordingly. 

They further presented to their lordships an account of the 
inhabitants of West Jersey, as taken in 1699, which was read. 

February 14. Present :— Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The list of the articles [v. supra and 322] in the Lord Cornbury's 
instructions for New Jersey, whereof Mr. Dockwra &c. yesterday 
desired copies, was read, and the said instructions examined ; 
whereupon ordered that Mr. Dockwra be acquainted that if he 



1704-5. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Hearing of the 
agents appointed. 



Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Letter from 

Mr. Wilcox about 

the Indian Queen's 

being taken by the 

French and packets 

from the Governors 

thrown overboard. 

Plantations General. 

Mr. Dummer's 
packet boat. 



Barbados. 

Bernard in behalf of 

the four suspended 

counsellors, 



desiring that the 

letter lately writ 

for the Queen's 

signature may be sent 

forward. 



New Jersey. 
Mr. Dockwra, &c, 
desiring copy of Lord 
Cornbury's instruc- 
tions. 



Account of the 

inhabitants of West 

Jersey. 



New Jersey. 

Dockwra, &c, about 

copy of articles in 

Lord Cornbury's 

instructions. 



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1704-5. 



Miscellanies. 

Two letters from 

Mr. Clifford about 

his accounts. 

Answer. 



Barbados. 

Letter from Sir 
Seville Granville. 

Public papers. 



Minutes of Councill. 



have any doubts or difficulties about the sense and meaning of those 
articles, and will state the same, he shall have an answer. 

A letter from Mr. Clifford [fo. 256, 281] to their lordships of the 
7th, and one to the secretary of the 13th instant, relating to his 
accounts, were read ; and the secretary was ordered to acquaint 
him that the report of the merchants to whom his accounts were 
refer'd shall be communicated to him so soon as their lordships 
have received it. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville of the 18th November last, 
was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, 
which are as follow, viz. : — 

Proceedings at a court of Chancery held in Barbados from the 
25th May, 1703, to November the 1st, 1704. 

Abstracts of the proceedings of the several courts of Common 
Pleas in Barbados from the 11th May, 1703, to the 16th November, 
1704. 

Their lordships took into consideration several minutes of the 
Councill of Barbados and read those from the 11th of May, 1703, 
to the 16th November, 1704. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from 
Colonel Handsayd. 

Papers therein 
refer'd to. 



Extracts of the said 
letter sent to Mr. 
Lowndes and Mr. 
Secretary Hedges. 



February 15. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 1 7th December last, which 
was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, 
and are as follows, viz. : — 

Declaration of Mr. Hotchkyn, Attorney General, relating to the 
ill practices and proceedings of Mr. Totterdall, May the 30th, 1704. 

Minute of Councill of the 6th of October, 1704, relating to the 
Attorney General's being summoned by the Assembly. 

Deposition of Mr. Samuel Lovell relating to Mr. Totterdall's 
indecent behaviour in the Grand Court in 170f, sworn the 
25th October, 1704. 

Naval officers' list of plantation bonds taken at Kingston and 
Port Royal from 19th February, 170|, to the 17th November, 
1704. 

Naval officers' lists of ships, outward, from the 25th December, 
1703, to the 15th of December, 1704. 

Account of her Majesty's revenue from the 29th of September, 

1703, to the 29th September, 1704. 

Minutes of Councill from the 4th July, 1704, to the 31st August, 
following. 

Minutes of Councill from the 21st of September, 1704, to the 
21st of October, following. 

Minutes of the Councill and Assembly from the 22nd September, 

1704, to the 29th November following. 

Minutes of the Assembly from the 8th November, 1704, to the 
29th ditto. 

And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph D and K, 
relating to a French prize, and to the Lord High Treasurer's 
observations upon the Jamaica Revenue Bill, be sent to Mr. Lowndes 
to be laid before his lordship ; and that copies of paragraphs C, 
E and N, and the substance of paragraph L be sent in a letter to 



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Mr. Secretary Hedges, and that a letter be prepared accordingly 
[fo. 275]. Further ordered that a letter be writ to the agents of 
Jamaica relating to the Assembly not taking care of the soldiers' 
quarters, and desiring them to attend the Board thereupon. 
Ordered also that a letter be writ to the commissioners for sick 
and wounded seamen &c. to desire of them a copy of their letter 
to Colonel Handasyd relating to the exchanging French prisoners 
at Jamaica. 

Captain Nanfan with Mr. Champante [/o. 11 3] attending, presented 
to their lordships a petition setting forth the reason of his long 
detention at New Yorke, the manner of his getting away, and 
praying that he may be permitted to receive the 1,500^. in 
Mrs. Thrale's hands (which he says is due to him) upon his giving 
sufficient security to stand the events of his accounts, was read. 
Whereupon he was advised to sollicit the Comptrollers of the army, 
to whom the Lord Treasurer had refer'd his accounts, to dispatch 
their report thereupon with all speed. 

Ordered that, in the next letter to be writ to the Lord Cornbury, 
a copy of the said petition be transmitted to him, and that he be 
desired to give their lordships account what actions those were 
that are mentioned in the said petition to be entred against the 
said Nanfan the day he came away, and that his lordship be further 
directed to permit Captain Nanfan's papers and his vouchers to his 
accounts to be sent over. 

Mr. Bernard [fo. 269, 282] attending, acquainted their lordships 
that the four suspended counsellors of Barbados do intend to make 
good their memorial of complaints against Sir Beville Granville, 
and therefore he still desired that a letter from her Majesty directing 
affidavits to be taken in Barbados might be dispatcht, which draught 
of a letter the Board had already acquainted him was in 
Mr. Secretary Hedges's hands since the 5th of December last for 
her Majesty's royal signature. He further desired to have a copy 
of Sir Beville Granville's reply to the said counsellors answers to 
his reasons for suspending them, in order to his rejoynder ; and a 
copy thereof was ordered to be given him accordingly. And he 
was directed to bring his rejoynder to their lordships on Tuesday 
morning next, that there may be no further delay in this matter. 



1704-5. 

Agents to attend. 



Letter to commis- 
sioners of sick and 
wounded for a copy 
of theirs to Colonel 
Handaysd, &c. 

New York. 

Petition of Captain 

Nanfan about his 

detention and praying 

to receive I,50(K. in 

Mrs. Thrales hand. 



Copy of the said 
petition to be sent to 
the Lord Cornbury. 



Barbados. 

Bernard, in behalf 

of four suspended 

counsellors. 



February 16. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 273] inclosing to him extracts 
of Colonel Handasyd's letter of 17th December last, as directed 
in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 



A letter from Sir William Matthew of the 25th of November last, 
was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, 
and are as follows, viz. : — 

St. Christopher's. 

Minutes of Councill at St. Christopher's from the 5th of September, 
1704. to the 26th October following. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with extracts of 

Colonel Handasyd'i 

letter. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from 
the Governor. 



Papers of public 
proceedings. 



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1704-5. 



An Act for raising a levy of five shillings per poll on all slaves, 
to make good the deficiencies of a former levy by an Act entituled 
an Act for raising a levy of twenty shillings per poll on all slaves, 
to defray the publick charges of this island, past 23rd September, 
1704. 

An Act for raising the summe of 500?. sterling money for discharging 
the rent of a convenient house for his Excellency Sir William 
Matthew's abode, during his government in these islands, past 
23rd September, 1704. 

Naval officers' list of exports and imports out and into the island 
of St. Christopher's' from the 28th July, 1704, to the 3rd of October 



following. 



The secretary to 
desire of Mr. Ellis 
a copy of Sir William 
Matthews' letter about 
collection of laws and 
prizes. 



Barbados. 

Captain St. Loe and 

his lieutenant at the 

Board about their 

bringing Lee forcibly 

away. 



Nevis. 



Minutes of Council] from the 23rd of August, 1704, to the 26th of 
October following. 

Naval officers' list of exports and imports out and into the island 
of Nevis from the 12th of July, 1704, to the 12th October foil owing. 

Antegoa. 

Minutes of Councill in Antegoa from the 14th July, 1704, to the 
26th of October following. 

An Act to prevent seamen belonging to her Majesty's ships of 
war or any other merchant ships or vessells trading in, to or about 
this island from deserting the ships or vessells to which they belong, 
past the 5th September, 1704. 

An Act incouraging the inhabitants of this island to serve on 
such standing guards as have been appointed by a councill of officers 
for the better preventing any depraedations which otherwise may be 
committed for want of the same, passed the 5th September, 1704. 

Naval officers' list of exports and imports out and into the island 
of Antegoa from the 27th May, 1704, to the 25th September following. 

MOTJNTSERRAT. 

Minutes of the Councill from the 14th July, 1704, to the 26th of 
October following. 

Naval officers' list of exports and imports, out of and into the 
island of Mountserrat, from July the 12th, 1704, to the 26th of 
October following. 

Ordered that the secretary desire Mr. Ellis to move Mr. Secretary 
Hedges that their lordships may have an extract of that part of 
Sir William Matthew's letter to him that relates to the collection of 
laws, and to her Majesty's and the Lord High Admiral's shares 
of prizes. 

February 20. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Captain St. Loe, of the Dolphin, with his lieutenant, Wanley, 
attending, in pursuance of the minutes of the 26th of the last month 
[fo. 246, 267, 283], her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th of 
the same month upon the petition of the agents of Barbados relating 
to Mr. Lee's having been brought off that Island, was read ; where- 
upon the said St. Loe said, that being in want of men he applyed 



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himself to Mr. Skene, secretary of that island, who informed him 
that Mr. Lee was an idle person and a non-resident there, and 
that he might take him if he thought fit ; whereupon he sent his 
lieutenant and brought him off accordingly. He added that he 
had no orders for not pressing in the plantations without directions 
from the Governors, and that he was not sent thither as a guard 
to the island, but only as a convoy to the fleet thither and back. 
Whereupon ordered that a copy of the said Order of Councill and 
the petition thereunto annexed be delivered to Captain St. Loe, 
and that he bring his answer thereunto on Friday morning next. 
And further ordered that Sir John Stanley and the Barbados agents 
have notice to attend at the same time. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 19th instant, desiring that, if 
any complaints against Captain St. Loe are fit to be inquired into 
at a court martial, they may be transmitted to him. 

Mr. Congreve presented to their lordships [fo. 267, 282] a list of 
the last present sent to the Indians in 1700, a list of the arms &c. 
sent for the four companies at New Yorke the last summer and which 
were taken by the French ; and a list of such ordnance and other 
stores of war as are still wanting for the forts and fortifications at 
New Yorke, which was read. 

Then their lordships agreed a representation [fo. 281] relating 
to stores of war for New Yorke, and ordered the same to be 
transcribed. 

A representation for laying before her Majesty. Mr. Attorney 
and Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 264] relating to the members 
absenting from the Assembly of Barbados, in pursuance of her 
Majesty's Order in Council of the 26th of October last, was signed. 

February 22. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 286] of the 16th instant 
refering to the consideration of this Board what Colonel Handasyd 
writes in his late letters relating to the trade carryed on by ships 
from England and Ireland to Curacoa and St. Thomas, as also 
relating to the disorders in the Assembly of Jamaica, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that the representation [H. fo. 247] of this 
Board of the 29th October, 1703, relating to Curacoa and St. Thomas 
be laid before their lordships to-morrow morning. 

An Order of Councill of the 12th instant upon the hearing of the 
Rhode Island and Connecticut agents [fo. 268], directing this Board 
to prepare a charge against those governments, in order to be 
transmitted to them for their answer, and to the Governors of New 
Yorke and New England for their justification thereof, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that the heads of a charge be drawn out of 
the letters from the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley accordingly 
[fo. 321]. 

A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 271, 319] of the 21st instant 
returning to this Board his accounts which had been refer'd to 
Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland of 2nd of March 
last, but without any report thereon, was read ; and their lordships 
observing that Mr. Clifford's account current, sent to the aforesaid 

Wt. 16557. G 



1704-5. 



Captain St. Loe and 
Barbados agents to 
attend on Fryday. 



Barbados. 

Letter from 
Mr. Burchet relating 
to Captain St. Loe. 

New Yorke. 

Mr. Congreve. List 
of presents sent to the 
Indians in 1 700 and 
arms for the four 
companies, &c. 



Representation 

relating to stores of 

war. 

Barbados. 

Representation 
upon Attorney and 
Sollicitor General's 

report about 
absenting Assembly- 



Jamaica. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
refering what Colonel 
Handasyd writes re- 
lating to trade with 
Curacoa, &c. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Order of Council 

upon hearing the 

agents directing a 

charge to be drawn 

against those 

governments, &c. 



Miscellanies. 

Letter from Mr. 

Clifford retur[n]ing his 

account. 

Account current 
wanting. 



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JOUENAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 281-284. 



1704-5. 

Letter to him 
thereupon. 

New Yorke. 

Representation 

about want of stores 

of war, &c. 



New York. 

Mr. Congreve to 
attend about respits. 



Barbados. 

The gentlemen in 

behalf of the 
counsellors, &c, to 
attend, as also the 
agents of Barbados, 
and the gentlemen in 
favour of the late 
Assembly-men. 



Barbados. 

Sir John Stanley 

with papers of 
publick proceedings. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

for a report about 

Captain Lloyd. 



Accounts of 

Captain Lloyd's 

disbursements. 



Barbados. 

Sir John Stanley, 
Captain St. Lo and 
his lieutenant about 

Mr. Lee forcibly 
brought to England. 



gentlemen the 23rd of May last, was not returned, ordered that a 
letter be writ to Mr. Clifford to acquaint him therewith. 

A representation relating to the want of stores of war at New 
Yorke &c. [fo. 280 ; K. fo. 42, 43] as agreed in the last minutes, was 
signed. 

February 23. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that Mr. Congreve [fo. 279, 286] have notice to attend 
the Board on Tuesday morning next, and that he bring with him 
an account of the respits upon muster rolls since the 
Lord Cornbury's arrival at New Yorke. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Bernard [fo. 274, 293, 298] 
that he give notice to the persons that appear for the suspended 
counsellors of Barbados that they attend their lordships on Thursday 
morning next, in order to their lordships proceeding upon the 
petition of the said counsellors. 

Ordered that the agents of Barbados [fo. 290] have the like notice. 

Mr. Cobb attending, was directed to give notice to Mr. William 
Heysham, Mr. Kirton, Mr. Maycock and others [fo. 294], who 
appear in behalf of the members absenting from the late Assembly 
of Barbados, that they attend their lordships on Fryday next in the 
morning, in order to their lordships proceeding upon the petition 
of the said absenting members against Sir Beville Granville. 

Sir John Stanley presented to their lordships the copy of an 
address of the Council and Assembly of Barbados, as also an address 
from the said Assembly to her Majesty in behalf of Sir Beville 
Granville, and a copy of the minutes of the Assembly of the 16th 
and 17th of November last relating to the complaints exhibited 
against Sir Beville Granville, which were read. 

Captain Lloyd presented to their lordships a letter from 
Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 14th instant directing this Board to 
report upon the papers [fo. 221, 286, 326] that have been lately 
lodged in this office relating to Captain Lloyd, which was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that the draught of a representation be 
prepared accordingly. 

Captain Lloyd further laid before their lordships an account of 
disbursements [fo. 241, 300] made by him for her Majesty's 
service in Newfoundland from the 28th of August, 1702, to the 
22nd of September, 1704, with the vouchers. 

Sir John Stanley attending with Captain St. Lo and 
Lieutenant Wanley [fo. 278], Captain St. Lo presented to their 
lordships a memorial in answer to the petition of the Barbados agents 
relating to Mr. Lee's being brought from that island, as also the 
depositions of Mr. Skene, Mr. Slingsby and Mr. Boothe against the 
said Lee, which were read ; and thereupon ordered that copies of 
the said memorial and depositions be delivered to Sir John Stanley, 
as also that a copy of Mr. Lee's affidavit and an extract of the petition 
of the gentlemen who absented themselves from the late Assembly 
of Barbados relating to the said Lee, be delivered to Captain St. Lo. 
And further ordered that all sides have notice to attend [fo. 286] on 
Wednesday next in the afternoon. 



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99 



Mr. Lone [fo. 285] presented to their lordships a letter from 
Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 21st instant upon a petition of the 
said Lone's and Sir Richard Levet, relating to the Governors of 
Virginia and Maryland refusing to permit two ships of theirs to 
saile from those colonies with their ladings without convoy was 
read. And it being alleged in the petition that the masters of 
those two ships (who came away in ballast) were obliged to give 
security to touch at the Maderas in their way home, Mr. Lone 
was directed to write to the said masters at Bristol for further 
information in that matter. 



1704-5. 
Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
with a petition re- 
lating to the 
Ooi'ernors refusing to 
let two ships sail 
without convoy. 



February 27. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the. 22nd instant refering 
to his royal highness the Lord High Admiral to consider of what 
burthen and force it is necessary that letters of marque ships should 
be of, to exempt them from an embargo in the plantations, was 
read. 

Mr. Lone, attending in relation to his and Sir Richard Levett's 
petition, mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd instant [fo. 284, 293] 
the forementioned Order in Councill was read to him, and he was 
acquainted that their lordships could not make any representation 
upon that matter till his royal highness had made his report upon 
the foresaid Order of Councill. 

Mr. Byfield and several of the Pennsylvania Company attending, 
acquainted their lordships that a ship of theirs which they sent to 
Carolina in May last was returning home with 50 tuns of pitch and 
tarr, and desiring that they might have the benefit of the premium 
to be allowed upon the importation of those commodities. They 
were acquainted that, so soon as the said ship should arrive, this 
Board would give them aU the incouragement which lay in their 
power. 

Ordered that the agents of Jamaica have notice to attend the 
Board to-morrow at 4 of the clock in the afternoon, or on Thursday 
at 10 o'clock in the morning. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 1 6th instant 
[fo. 280, 291] relating to English ships going directly from hence 
and Ireland to Curacoa and St. Thomas, was agreed and ordered 
to be transcribed. 

Mr. Mercer [fo. 282] presented to their lordships a state of the 
respits of the four companies at New Yorke from the 1st of January, 
1704 to the last of October, 1704, amounting in all to 2,000Z. 0s. 8d. 
and Mr. Congreve at the same time presented to their lordships 
a memorial setting forth the want of 100 recruits [fo. 291] for the 
said four companies, which were read ; and thereupon their lord- 
ships agreed a representation for laying that matter before 
her Majesty, and ordered the same to be transcribed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 
14th instant [fo. 283, 292] relating to Captain Lloyd, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed, 



Plantations 
General. 

Order of Councill 

about letter of marque 

ships. 

Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Mr. Lone about his 

and Sir Hichard 
Levett's petition men- 
tioned in the last 
minutes. 

Proprieties. 

Mr. Byfield, &c. 
about prmmium for 
50 tons of pitch, &c. 
coming from Carolina. 



Jamaica. 

Agents to be 
summon 'd. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about English ships 

going to Curacoa and 

St. Thomas. 

New Yorke. 

State of the 

respits of the four 

companies, &c. 



Newfoundland. 

Answer to Mr, 

Secretary Hedges's 

letter about Captain 

Lloyd. 



100 



JOUENAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 287-289. 



1704-5. 
Newfoundland. 

Letter to Bishop of 
London about Mr. 
Jackson's behaviour. 



Barbados. 

Captain St. Loe, &c. 
and agents with Lee, 
&c. Hearing about 
the said Lee's being 
forc'd off the island. 



Representation to be 
drawn thereupon. 



A letter to the Lord Bishop of London relating to the behaviour 
of Mr. Jackson, minister at Newfoundland [fo. 264, 291], and praying 
his lordship to recall the said Jackson, was agreed and ordered to 
be transcribed. 

February 28. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Captain St. Lo with Lieutenant Wanley, Colonel Maycock, 
Mr. Kirton [fo. 284] and severed other gentlemen on the one side, 
and the Barbados agents, with Mr. Lee attending on the other side, 
the petition of the said agents relating to the said Lee's having been 
forcibly brought off from that island, was read, as also the 7th 
paragraph of the petition of John Kirton and other members of the 
late Assembly of Barbados relating thereunto refer'd to this 
Board by her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th of January 
last. Then Captain St. Lo's answer to the Barbados agents' petition, 
as also the affidavits of Mr. Skene, Mr. Slingsby and Mr. Booth, 
presented by Captain St. Loe to the Board the 23rd instant, and 
the said agents' reply to the said Captain St. Lo's answer, were 
read. And Capt. St. Lo being asked several questions, he answered 
in substance as follows, viz. : — That 'tis true his lieutenant did 
by his order press the said Lee, and that he brought him from 
that island, but that it was upon Mr. Skene and Mr. Slingsby's 
telling of him the said Lee was an idle fellow and of no settled 
habitation and might be press'd ; that the said Skene told him 
the Governor did give leave for the pressing the said Lee ; he said 
he had no orders from the Governor in writing to press, nor had 
he any instructions from the Admiralty to apply to the Governor 
for the pressing of men ; but that the day after he had pressed the 
said Lee, he went to the Governor and acquainted him in the 
presence of Mr. Skene therewith, and said he hoped he should 
come to no trouble about it ; that the Governor replyed that since 
he had got Lee he might keep him, and that he need not fear any 
damage for taking away such an informing fellow as he was. He 
added that he pressed none but Lee at Barbados, which he had 
not done if it had not been proposed to him by Mr. Skene. 

Lieutenant Wanley acquainted their lordships that the night 
he pressed Lee he was at supper at a publick house, and that 
Mr. Skene and Mr. Slingsby called him out and showed him where 
the said Lee was. 

Mr. Lee being asked if he knew the reasons why he was brought in 
this manner from Barbados, he answered that he believes it to have 
been because he was to be an evidence against Mr. Slingsby for 
several evill practices in Barbados, and because he had begun a 
suit against the said Slingsby for one hundred and odd pounds. 

The matter of fact being thus stated, their lordships agreed upon 
the following heads for a representation to her Majesty, viz. : — 

That Captain St. Lo, having violently and arbitrarily pressed 
and carryed off the said Lee without any previous order from the 
Governor, has acted contrary to his duty. 

That their lordships find reason to believe that Mr. Skene, 
secretary of Barbados, has, contrary to his duty and the known 



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101 



laws of that island, been the adviser and contriver in the carrying 
off the said Lee ; and therefore their lordships are of opinion that 
Mr. Skene be acquainted with this accusation, and that, if he do not 
justify himself by the first opportunity, they conceive him unfit 
to be continued in her Majesty's service. 

That Captain St. Lo having alledged that the Governor was 
acquainted by him with what he had done in taking off the said Lee, 
their lordships are of opinion that the Governor be writ to for his 
answer herein. 

And ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 293] desiring 
him to inform this Board what instructions Captain St. Lo had in re- 
lation to the pressing of men at Barbadoes, and particularly whether 
he was not forbid to press any without first applying to the 
Governor. 

Sir John Stanley [fo. 282] acquainting their lordships that he and 
the other agents of Barbados were summoned to attend Mr. Attorny 
General to-morrow morning in relation to his report about the 
absenting members, and desiring that the hearing of those who 
appear for the suspended counsellors, appointed to be to-morrow 
morning before this Board, be put off till Monday next in the 
afternoon [fo. 299] ; their lordships, in consideration that 
Mr. Attorney General is to make his report to-morrow to 
her Majesty in Councill, agreed thereunto, and ordered Mr. Bernard 
to have notice thereof accordingly. 



1704-5. 



Letter to Mr. Burchet 
to know if Captain 
St. Lo had any in- 
structions for pressing. 



Letter to Mr. 
Bernard about hearing 
relating to sus- 
pended counsellors. 



March 1. Present :— -Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. PoUexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu and Sir Gilbert Heathcote attending, 
an extract of the minutes of the Assembly of Jamaica from the 
8th to the 29th of November last, relating to several irregularities 
in that Assembly, was' communicated to them, and the secretary 
directed to send them copies thereof, in order to their writing to 
their friends at Jamaica thereupon. 

A representation [fo. 286, 371] relating to recruits for the four 
companies at New York, was signed. 

A letter to the Lord Bishop of London relating to the behaviour 
of Mr. Jackson [fo. 287], minister at Newfoundland, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 
16th February [fo. 286] relating to ships trading directly from hence 
and Ireland to Curacoa and St. Thomas, was signed. 



A letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary of this Board, 
dated the 27th of November last, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that an extract thereof, relating to Colonel Dudley's expedition to 
L'Accady, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges for his information 
[/o. 293]. 



Jamaica. 

Gracedieu and Heath- 
cote. Irregularities 
in the Assembly. 



New York. 

Representation 
about recruits. 

Newfoundland. 

Tetter to Bishop of 

London about Mr. 

Jackson's behaviour. 

Jamaica. 

Letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about ships trading 

from hence to Curacoa 

and St. Thomas. 

Massachusets. 

Letter from 
Colonel Dudley. 

Extract thereof about 

his expedition to 

L'Accadie sent to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS. [I. 292-295. 



1704-5. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst 

about his negro's 

going for a soldier. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about Captain Lloyd. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter to 
Sir William Matthew. 



Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Mr. Lone with two 

affidavits relating to 

his ships being 

stopped. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with a representation. 

Massachusets. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with extract of 

Colonel Dudley's letter. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Mr. 
Burchet about Captain 

St. Lo's not having 
instructions to press. 

Memorial from four 
suspended counsellors. 



Barbados. 

Hearing of 

complaints against 

the Governour. 



Sir Henry Ashhurst attending, acquainted their lordships that 
an Indian, a servant of his, who had some time since been demanded 
by Colonel Dudley, was now going to be a soldier in Captain James 
Tyrrell's troop, and that he would not consent to let the said Indian 
go till he had informed their lordships thereof ; whereupon he 
was told that the Board had no objection thereunto. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 1 4th instant 
relating to Captain Lloyd, was signed [fo. 286]. 

A letter to Sir William Matthew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, 
in answer to the late letters received from him, was signed. 

March 2. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Mr. Lone attending [fo. 285], presented to their lordships two 
affidavits of the masters of his ships mentioned in his petition which 
was read at the Board the 23rd of the last month relating to the 
said ships being stopt in Virginia and Maryland, which were 
read ; and thereupon a representation to her Majesty upon the 
said petition, as also a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, were signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing to him an extract of 
Colonel Dudley's letter relating to Accadie and Canada, as directed 
in yesterday's minutes, was signed [fo. 292]. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet, in answer to one writ him the 28th of 
the last month [fo. 290] signifying that Captain St. Lo had no 
orders not to impress men at Barbados, was read. 

A memorial from Mr. Lillington, Mr. Tyrrel, Mr. Ramsay and 
Mr. Cryer [fo. 286], relating to their suspension from the Councill of 
Barbados, which was delivered yesterday by Mr. Bernard to the 
secretary, was read. 

Mr. Maycock, Mr. Kirton [fo. 282, 302] and several Barbadoes 
gentlemen, with Mr. Cooper their counsell, on the one side, as also 
the Barbados agents with Sir Thomas Powis and Mr. Pooley, their 
councill {sic), attending, on the other, Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter 
of the 20th of September last [fo. 126] refering to the Board the 
petition of John Leisly, Thomas Maycock, Philip Kirton, William 
Tyrrell, Christopher Estwick, Enoch Gretton and Thomas Maxwell, 
late members of the Assembly of Barbadoes, was read ; and 
her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th of January last, upon a 
petition in the name of all the said gentlemen (except Mr. Maycock 
and Mr. Tyrrell), and signed John Kirton, was also read. Where- 
upon Sir Thomas Powis desired to be informed by what authority 
Mr. John Kirton had signed the said petition, and whether that 
petition had not been drawn up in England ; unto which the said 
Kirton replyed that, upon his coming from Barbados, the com- 
plainants and several other gentlemen had directed him to make 
applications here in England in their behalf, and that, upon his 
arrival, finding that there was full evidence in England to make 
good their allegations, he had drawn up this second petition 



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103 



1704-5. 
(containing in substance the same as the first) praying to be heard 
before her Majesty in Councill. 

1. Then Mr. Cooper opened the matter of the said petition, and 
in proof of the first article, which relates to the harrassing of the 

militia, by putting them upon hard and unnecessary duty, the Several affidavits re- 
depositions of Thomas Maycock, William Tyrrell, Lawrence Row absenting members' 
and John Curl, were read. But Sir Thomas Powis objected that petition against Sir 
Mr. Maycock and Mr. Tyrrell were not proper evidences to any BemlU. 

of these articles ; for they were parties in the complaint, having 
signed the first petition, though their names were left out in the 
second. 

2, 3, 4. To the 2nd, 3rd and 4th articles, relating to a bill brought 
into the House for raising two companies of granadiers, by which 
they alledged that Sir Beville Granville was to have got 3,000£., they 
produced the affidavits of the said Maycock and Tyrrell and of 
Mr. William Heysham and Mr. Guy Ball, which were read. 

And to that part of the 3rd and 4th articles, which relate to the 
turning out of officers and putting others unquahfyed into their 
places, the said affidavits of Mr. Maycock, Mr. Tyrrell and Mr. Row 
were refer'd to. 

5, 6. To the 5th and 6th articles, relating to Scotchmen being 
put into places, and to presents made to the Governor by the 
Assembly, the said affidavits of Mr. Maycock and Mr. Tyrrell were 
again produced. 

7. To the 7th article, relating to Mr. Lee's being forcibly brought 
from that island by Captain St. Loe, they produced the affidavit 
of the said St. Loe, which was read, and refer'd themselves to 
what was said at the hearing of that matter the 28th of February 
last. 

8. To the 8th article, which relates to the Assembly's allowing 
600L per annum for the Governor's house, instead of 300Z. limited 
by her Majesty's instructions, and to 5,000L expended in the building 
and repairing thereof, they produced the said affidavits of 
Mr. Maycock and Mr. Tyrrell. 

9. To the 9th article, relating to exactions upon masters of ships 
for permission to sail with or without convoy, they produced the 
affidavit of William Bayley and Henry Keys, which were read. 

10. To the 10th article, relating to the Governor's rejecting a 
petition of John Past on against Colonel John Holder for several 
cruelties and abuses committed by the said Holder, they again 
produced the affidavit of Mr. Maycock. 

11. To the 11th article, relating to undue proceedings at the 
election of a new Assembly, they read the said affidavits of 
Mr. Maycock, Mr. Tyrrell, Mr" Row, John Curl and Francis White. 

12. To the 12th article, relating to the trade of the island's not 
being protected by reason of the Governor's sending the men of 
war to cut wood at Tobago, and to the Governor's refusing to let 
the men of war cruize without allowing him a share in their captures, 
as likewise to the Governors stopping of convoys, they produced 
the affidavits of Mr. Guy Ball and Captain Samuel Martin, 
Commander of her Majesty's ship the Blackwall, which were read, 
and Captain Martin being asked whether Barbadoes could be 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 297-300. 



1704-5. 



supplyed with wood without sending to Tobago, he said that 
there was no necessity of sending thither, for there was wood 
enough on Barbadoes to supply all their wants. 

13. To the 13th article, relating to the dissatisfaction of the 
inhabitants, and to several people's intending to leave the island, 
they produced the aforesaid affidavits of Maycock and Tyrrell. 

Upon all which Mr. Cooper observed that they had fully proved 
three of the foresaid articles, viz. : — The first relating to the 
harrassing the militia, the 5th and 6th relating to presents, and 
the 8th relating to 600L house rent instead of 3001. allowed by 
her Majesty. 

Then Sir Thomas Powis, observing that their lordships had 
determined to hear this matter by way of affidavit, desired that 
in consideration they were not prepared to reply in the same manner, 
a further day might be appointed ; which being agreed to by the 
other side, their lordships fixed upon Wednesday next at four 
o'clock in the afternoon. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Bernard about 
an Order of Council 
on a petition relating 
to the four suspended 
counsellors. 



March 5. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Bernard [fo. 282, 301] attending, presented to their lordships a 
memorial signifying that having last Councill presented to her Majesty 
a memorial relating to the proceedings that have been had here 
upon the petition of the suspended counsellors, and being informed 
that her Majesty had made some order thereupon, he was not able 
to proceed to the hearing intended this day relating to the said 
counsellors till he had the said order, which he said he could not 
yet obtain from the clerks of the Councill. Whereupon he was 
acquainted by Mr. Blathwayt that there was no other order made 
upon his petition, but only a minute for the Board to proceed in 
hearing the petitioner and in reporting to her Majesty thereupon. 
But Mr. Bernard still insisted that he could not proceed till he had 
the said order or minute, and that he would be ready at a very 
short warning after he shall have received the same. 

Then the agents of Barbadoes attending with their councill (sic), 
they were acquainted that Mr. Bernard was not ready to come 
to a hearing [fo. 290] this day, and that their lordships would 
to-morrow fix a short day for the hearing of that matter. 

A letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of 
Nevis, dated the 9th of December last, signifying the death of 
Sir William Matthew, Governor in cheif of the Leeward Islands, 
was read, and an answer to the said letter agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed [fo. 301]. 

An order of the House of Lords of tins day, directing the Board to 
lay before their lordships a draught of the scheme drawn by them 
for relief of the poor, was read ; and an answer thereunto, for laying 
the said draught before their lordships, was signed. 



The hearing desigrid 
for this evening put 
off, and the agents for 
Sir Beville acquainted 
therewith. 

Nevis. 

Letter from Colonel 

Johnson about Sir 

William Matthew's 

death. 

Trade. 

Order of House of 

Lords for scheme of 

a Bill for releif 

of the poor. 

Answer. 

Leeward Islands. 

cfdTiJgZ desS the 6th of Decemer last, signifyingthe death of Sir William Matthew, 
to reassume this and his willingness to serve her Majesty again as Governor of the 
government. Leeward Islands, was read. 



A letter from Colonel Codrington [fo. 301], dated at Antego 



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105 



A letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 31st December last, 



1704-5. 
Jamaica. 



inclosing the minutes of the Assembly of Jamaica from the 21st of Let gZj?™ d °Z%™ 1 
September, 1704, to the 10th October following inclusive, was minutes of Assembly. 
read. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Handasyd [fo. 301], in answer Letter to him. 
to the late letters received from him, >vas agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

The draught of a letter to Sir Beville Granville, Governor of 
Barbadoes, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



Barbados. 

Letter to 
the Govcrnour. 



March 6. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Captain Lloyd attending in relation to his accounts [fo. 283, 320] 
laid before the Board the 23rd of February last, was desired to 
explain some articles in the said accounts, which he promised to 
do and lay the same before their lordships at their next sitting. 

Letters to the Governors of Jamaica and Barbados were agreed 
and signed. 

A letter to Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of Nevis, in 
answer to his of the 9th December last [fo. 299], relating to the 
government of the Leeward Islands devolving upon him by the 
death of Sir William Matthew, was signed. 

A letter to Colonel Codrington, in answer to his of the 6th of 
December last [fo. 300, 302], about his desire of re-assuming the 
government of the Leeward Islands, was signed. 

Three letters from Captain Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of 
Bermuda, of the 12th August, 20th and 26th of October last, were 
read, and an answer thereunto drawn up and signed. 

March 7. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 1st instant [fo. 298] refering to this 
Board a petition of the four suspended counsellors of Barbadoes, 
relating to what has been transacted before this Board in their 
affairs, being yesterday received from Mr. Bernard, was read ; 
and ordered that Mr. Bernard have notice [fo. 317] that their 
lordships intend on Monday next in the afternoon to hear the 
matters depending before them concerning the four suspended 
counsellors. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges giving an account of Sir William 
Matthew's death and of Colonel Codrington's offer [fo. 301] to 
serve her Majesty again in that government, was signed. 

Colonel Maycock, Colonel Tyrrell [fo. 294, 320] and the rest of 
the gentlemen that appear against Sir Beville Granville with 
Mr. Cooper and Mr. Dodd, their counsell, on the one side, and the 
Barbados agents, with Sir Thomas Powis and Mr. Pooley, their 
counsell, in behalf of Sir Beville Granville attending on the other ; 
Sir Thomas Powis entred upon Sir Beville Granville's defence, 
and insisted that Colonel Maycock and Colonel Tyrrell having been 



Newfoundland. 

Captain Lloyd 
about his accounts. 



Jamaica. 
Barbados. 

Letters to the Governors. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Colonel 

Johnson upon the 

devolvment of the 

government on him, 

&c. 

Letter to Colonel 

Codrington upon his 

desire to reassume 

that government. 

Bermuda. 

Three letters from the 

Lieutenant Governour. 

Answer. 



Barbados. 

Order upon a new 

petition of the four 

suspended councillors. 



Hearing to be 
on Monday. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about Sir William 

Matthew's death. 

Barbados. 

Hearing of complaints 

against 

the Governor. 



The defendants. 



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1704-5. 



found guilty of the disorders that have happened at Barbados by 
their absenting themselves from the service of the Assembly, ought 
not to be looked upon as good evidence in a case wherein they 
themselves were particularly concerned, and, in order to prove that 
the said disorders have arisen from their absenting themselves as 
aforesaid, the affidavit of Mr. Charles Irwin (K. 19) and the 
representation of this Board of 26th of October last, as also 
Mr. Attorny General's report thereupon (L. 20) were read ; and 
further to invalidate the evidence of Colonel Maycock, they produced 
the deposition of Colonel VVilham Sharp and Colonel William Holder, 
two of the commissioners of publick accounts (No. 61), to prove 
that the said Maycock has not accounted for 1,500Z. he had received 
for the use of the Leeward fortifications, as also the receipt of the 
said Maycock for the said summe (No. 5), which were read. They 
also produced a subpoena (No. 5) to the said Colonel Maycock to 
appear and answer in the Court of Chancery to a bill of complaint 
of Captain Josias Harrison, as also a Ne exeat Insulam (No. 5) 
against the said Maycock at the suit of the said Harrison, which 
were read. 

They further produced the depositions of George Hay, Deputy 
Provost Marshall, and of Mr. Skene, secretary of the island (No. 61), 
to prove their endeavours to execute the said subpoena and Ne exeat 
Insulam against the said Maycock on board her Majesty's ship 
the Blackivall, and their being prevented therein by Captain Martin, 
commander of the said ship, which were read : and to invalidate the 
affidavit of John Curl they produced a minute of the General 
Assembly dated the 24th August, 1704 (No. 4), directing that 
application be made to Sir Beville Granville for prosecuting the 
said Curl for perjury, which was read. 

Then Sir Thomas Powis, in answer to the first article of the 
charge, wherein it is alledged that the militia has been harrassed 
and fatigued by being put upon extraordinary duty in remote places 
and upon the mountains, without the advice of the Council!, said 
that it being a time of war, the island of Barbados, as the rest of 
her Majesty's plantations, was in danger of being attacked by the 
enemy ; and therefore it was commendable in the Governor and 
his duty to keep guards in order to prevent any such attempt of 
the French, and he produced the minutes of Councill of the 18th of 
January and 8th of February, 170| (C, fo. 1 and 6), to prove that 
Sir Beville Granville had not only the advice of the Councill, but also 
of the colonels of the militia (of which number were Colonel Maycock 
and Colonel Kirton), which minutes were read. 

In answer to the 2nd article, relating to the Bill brought into the 
Assembly for raising two companies of granadiers, by which it is 
alledged the Governor would have got 3,000Z., he said that Bill was 
not brought in by direction of the Governor, but by the Assembly 
themselves, in order to ease the militia from the hard duty com- 
plained of in the first article. And they produced the affidavits 
of Mr. Alexander Walker, Colonel John Holder, and Mr John 
Harpur (No. 11), members of the Assembly, to prove that 
Mr. Kirton, Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Gretton, three of the complainants, 
were appointed as a committee to bring in the said Bill, and that 



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107 



Colonel Maycock and Colonel Kirton, when the question was put, 
upon the 17th clause of the said Bill, what summe should be 
deposited in the Governor's hands for getting of intelligence, voted 
that it should be 1,500^. and Colonel Tyrrell voted for 1,000Z., 
whereas it was carryed by the majority but for 2001. And he 
observed that this charge was but a bare supposition ; for they 
only pretend that the Governor might have made an advantage 
of 3,000L in case the Bill had passed. But to clear the Governor 
even from that aspersion, he produced the affidavits of Colonel Sharp 
and Colonel Johnson, both of the Councill of Barbadoes (No. 62), 
who swear that the Governor told them and desired them to acquaint 
the Assembly and others, that when the said Bill was brought 
up to him, if it had anything in it that look'd like an advantage 
to himself, he would expunge the same, or not pass the Bill, and 
that the Governor had said the same thing to the Councill. 
Sir Thomas Powis then added that, supposing the Bill had passed, 
the Governor could not have made the advantage the complainants 
pretend ; for the funds given for the expence of the services required 
by the Bill amount in all to 8,799Z. lis. 8d., and the expence of the 
said two companies of granadiers amount to 7,739Z. 5s. 10d., 
according to the particulars following, viz. :- 

2 Captains, pay 20s. per diem 
6 Lieutenants pay 7s. per diem 
1 Adjutant's pay 7s. per diem 



1704-5. 



/. 


s. 


d. 


730 








766 


10 





127 


15 






I. 



8 Serjeants pay in mony 8d. per day . . 
„ ,, for cloathes 4d. per day. . 

8 Corporals pay in mony 6d. per day . . 
,, ,, for cloathes 3d. per day . . 

1 Drum Major, ditto 12d. per day 

6 Drummers pay in mony 6d. per day 
,, ,, for cloathes 3d. per day. . 

150 Centinels in mony 5d. per day . . 
,, ,, for cloathes 3d. per day. . 

173 Common soldiers, provision at 12d. 

per day 
Rum and molosses, 2d. per clay 

To expences in raising the two com- 
panies 



To the Treasurer for the commission at 
3 per cent. 



97 


6 


8 


48 


13 


4 


73 








36 


10 





18 


5 





54 


15 





27 


7 


6 


1,140 


12 


6 


684 


7 


6 


3,157 


5 





526 


4 


9 



1,624 5 



146 



— 127 15 



82 2 6 



1,825 



3,683 9 



30 



7,518 11 8 

220 14 2 

7,739 5 10 



108 JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 306-309. 



1704-5. 



So that there remains 1,060/. 5s. 10c/. overplus, and there is a 
clause in the Bill directing that all the overplus of the monies raised 
by that Bill shall be applyed towards the maintenance and repair of 
the fortifications of that island. And Colonel Scott, Colonel Cleland 
and Mr. Eoulerton affirmed that in Colonel Russell's time the 
soldiers there had 10c/. a day each allowed them besides their 
ordinary pay, 

Sir Thomas Powis, in answer to the 3rd and 4th articles, said 
that the complainants were not turned out of their places because 
they had voted against the said Bill, but because they had continued 
obstinate and would not attend the service of the House. 

To the 5th article, relating to presents alledged to have been 
made the Governor, and to the 8th article relating to rent for a 
house and to 5,000/. expended in building and fitting the same, 
Sir Thomas Powis replyed that the 500/. given for house rent was 
by an Act which, upon a representation from this Board of the 
3rd of February, 170|, was confirmed by her Majesty in Council! 
the 13th of the same month. Unto which Colonel Scott added 
that that house was taken for Mr. Crow when he was appointed 
Governor, and that Sir Beville Granville arriving before the year 
was out, a lease was then taken of the said house for him and his 
successors for the term of 20 years ; that the rent of it is not 
above 120/. per annum ; that as to the 5,000/. said to be laid out 
upon the house, the Governor could have no advantage thereby, 
because it was disbursed by a committee of the Assembly, and 
comes not in any manner under the Governor's management. 
But Colonel Cleland affirmed that the summe expended upon the 
house was but 3,000/. As to the other summes of 500/. and 600/., 
Sir Thomas Powis alledged that they were not given as presents. 
It was only a vote of the Assembly that those summes should be 
paid by the Treasurer for reimbursing the Governor's expences 
in sending out spy boats and getting intelligence, in receiving 
flags of truce, in maintaining of French prisoners and in house 
rent till Pilgrim's House should be ready for him, and the com- 
plainants themselves at the voting of these summes gave their 
suffrages for 1,000/. instead of the 600/. In proof whereof the said 
affidavits of Holder and Harpur (No. 11) were again read. 

To the 6th article, relating to Scotchmen being put into places 
of trust, Sir Thomas Powis alledged that there was none put into 
places by the Governor that were not in places at his arrival, and 
called Colonel Cleland and Colonel Scot, who affirmed the same. 

As to the 7th article, relating to Mr. Lee's having been brought 
from that island, Sir Thomas Powis said that that matter having 
already been examined by the Board, he would not enter any 
further into it. 

As to the 9th article, relating to exactions upon masters of 
ships for liberty to sail, he said that all masters of ships were obliged 
to petition in time of war for permission to saile, and that by an 
Act for regulating and appointing of fees (page 47 of printed laws) 
the fees of each respective officer was appointed, and that, if the 
secretary had transgressed that Act, he was punishable. But he 
did not see how the secretary's irregularities in that matter could be 



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1704-5. 
chargeable upon the Governor no more than the 2001. mentioned in 
Mr. Ball's affidavit to have been given to the said Skene for stopping 
of the said fleet. And in order to show that the fleet was not so 
stopped without a sufficient cause, he produced a petition to 
Sir Beville Granville, signed by 24 merchants and others concerned, 
praying that the said fleet might be stopped for a week longer ; 
and Mr. Ball (being asked) acknowledged that he procured the 
said petition to be signed, and delivered it to Mr. Skene at the 
same time that he swears to have given him the 200?. 

To the 10th article, relating to the Governor's rejecting a petition 
of John Paston against Colonel Holder for several cruelties and 
abuses committed by the said Holder, Colonel Cleland said that the 
Governor informed him that the petitioner had refused to sign 
his petition ; that the matter of fact of the said petition being 
false, the petitioner had desired of the Governor that it might be 
dropt, and that the petitioner himself had told him, the said Cleland, 
that he was put upon making the said petition by the complainants. 

In answer to the 11th article, relating to undue proceedings 
at an election of a new Assembly, Sir Thomas Powis produced the 
minutes of Assembly of the 24th August, 1704 (No. 4), whereby 
it appears that upon the examination of the election of St. Lucy's, 
Colonel Maycock and Colonel Tyrrell had been found guilty of 
using violence to the sheriffe and menaces to other people at the 
said election, for which reason they were voted not qualified to 
be elected for that time. Sir Thomas Powis also produced a minute 
of Councill of the 11th of September, 1704, and the petition of 
Mr. Gourdon (No. 5), who acted as sheriffe at the said election of 
St. Lucy's, to prove the said violence offered by Colonel Maycock 
and Colonel Tyrrell, all which were read. 

As to the 12th article, relating to the men of war going to Tobago, 
Colonel Cleland was called upon, who said that Tobago was more 
convenient for careening than Barbados was, and that ships there 
might sooner get into the latitude, and Colonel Scott said that 
wood was difficult to be had in Barbados. 

Then Sir Thomas Powis, in order to shew the opinion that the 
inhabitants of Barbados, as also the gentlemen in England who 
have considerable estates in that island have of Sir Beville Granville's 
behaviour amongst them, he (sic) produced the copy of an address 
to her Majesty from the Councill and Assembly in commendation 
of Sir Beville Granville's administration, and praying her Majesty 
to continue him amongst them, which was react ; as also a petition 
by several gentlemen in England concerned in that island, presented 
to this Board the 8th of the last month upon the same subject. 

Then Mr. Cooper in his reply took notice that the first part of The plaintifs. 
Sir Thomas Powis's defence, being a sort of recrimination upon 
some of the witnesses produced against the Governor, was no justifi- 
cation of the said Governor, unless it had been proved that the 
witnesses were perjured in some of the matters of fact by them 
sworn, or that they had been guilty of such crimes as would 
incapacitate them by law to be witnesses in any case whatsoever. 
And to Sir Thomas Powis's objection that Mr. Maycock and 
Mr. Tyrrell were not good witnesses, because they were parties 



110 JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1.312-314. 



1704-5. 



concerned, he said that unless persons who think themselves injured 
were allowed to be witnesses, it would hardly be possible to make 
out any accusation of this nature. 

Then Colonel Maycock said he had accounted for the 1,500?. of 
the publick money, which was objected against him. and offered 
to prove the same. 

And in order to clear the reputation of those gentlemen, the 
Lord Grey was desired to give a character of them, who said that 
during his government in that island he always look'd upon 
Mr. Maycock and Mr. Tyrrell to be men of honesty and of a settled 
reputation, and had observed upon all occasions that they were 
always zealous and hearty for the service of the government. 

Then Mr. Cooper observed that the last part of Sir Thomas Powis's 
defence, viz. the address of the Councill and Assembly to her 
Majesty and the petition of the gentlemen in England to this Board 
aforementioned, were no proper defence to a direct charge ; for 
there was no man in such a station as Governor but who might 
make friends, and might by his interest obtain such assemblies as 
would be ready at any time to address in his favour, and that if 
such addresses were taken as a defence, then it would be difficult, 
if not impossible, to make out any accusation against any Governor 
whatsoever. 

Then he observed that the first article of the complainants 
relating to the harrassing of the militia, in order to the bringing 
in of the Bill by which they alledged the Governor would have 
got 3,000Z., had been fully proved by the affidavits of Mr. Maycock, 
Mr. Tyrrell, Lawrence Row and John Curl. And he further 
remark'd that by the minutes of the Councill of the 18th January, 
1703, which had been read as a proof that the Governor had the 
Councill's concurrence to the placing of guards on the coast, it 
appears that he had for some while before taken upon him to place 
such guards. 

Then, in order to justify the allegations of the Governor's getting 
of 3,000L by the foresaid Bill, the third enacting clause in the 
first page of the said Bill, and Mr. William Heysham and Mr. Ball's 
calculation thereupon, were read. The said calculation is as follows, 
viz. : — 

One hundred and fifty sentinels, 8 Serjeants, 6 drummers, 1 drum 
major, 8 corporals and 56 matrosses (the matrosses having liberty 
by the words of the Bill to inlist themselves for victuals and cloaths), 
each man to receive weekly seven pounds of beef, pork or fish. 

The whole for the year will amount to 83,356 at 2hd. 

per pound is . . . . . . . . . . £868 5 10 

Six pounds of bread for each man a week is for one 

year 71,448 at 15s. per 100Z. is 535 17 2 

Two quarts of molossoes per week for each man is for 

one year 5,954 gallons at 9d. per gallon is . . 223 5 6 

One quart of rum per week each man is for one year 

2,977 gallons at Ud. per gallon is 148 17 



£1,776 5 6 



I. 314-316.] 



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Ill 



1704-5. 



173 Soldiers and 56 matrosses at 8d. per day to be 
paid to the Governor, or whom he shall appoint, 
to rind the weekly provisions aforesaid amount 
to in one year £4,862 8 8 

The cost of the provisions (as per the foregoing 
calculate) which is to be bought for the soldiers 
will amount to in one year . . .. .. .. 1,776 5 6 



The surplus remaining would therefore be 



£3,086 3 2 



But Mr. Cooper said that he urged this no further than that 
the Governor might have got that summe had the Bill passed. 
And Mr. Heysham said that he would be obliged to pay 3,000£. to 
the publick if they would make him paymaster of the two companies 
intended to be raised by that Bill. 

Mr. Cooper further insisted that the 5th and 6th articles relating 
to presents had been fully proved by the affidavits of Mr. Maycock 
and Mr. Tyrrell, particularly that the minutes of Assembly had 
been altered in relation to the 6001., that it might not appear as a 
present, but as a reimbursement of the Governor's expence in 
receiving flags of truce &c, though no account of such expence 
was ever produced, which would not have been omitted had there 
been any such thing in reality ; as to the 5001. for furnishing the 
Governor's cellars, the defendants not having made any reply 
thereunto, that article was to be looked upon as sufficiently proved. 
And her Majesty having been pleased to confirm the Act for giving 
the Governor 5001. for house rent, he did not insist any further 
thereupon. 

But he insisted that they had proved the article, which relates 
to the bringing off of Mr. Lee, by the affidavit of Captain St. Loe, 
who swears to his having acquainted the Governor with his having 
the said Lee on board. 

As to the article relating to exactions of 17s. 6d. on masters 
of ships, as mentioned in the affidavit of William Baily and Henry 
Keys for permission to sail (which he observed was raising of 
mony without law), he said they did not directly charge the 
Governor with it, though, it being but a new practice, it was not to 
be supposed that the secretary would presume to do it without the 
Governor's knowledge ; however, he pressed it no further and 
submitted it to the Board for their judgment thereupon. 

Mr. Dodd called Mr. Beddingfield to prove that this exaction 
upon masters of ships was a new practice, who said that when 
he was secretary of the island during the Lord Grey's government 
there (which was in time of peace), no petitions were presented 
for liberty to sail, and no such fees were taken, but only between 
4s. and 5s. for every ship's going out and coming in. 

As to the 2001. given by Mr. Ball to the said Skene, Mr. Cooper 
only desired their lordships would barely report that matter as it 
is in the affidavit. 

He insisted also upon having proved by the affidavit of Mr. Maycock 
that the Governor had rejected the petition aforementioned against 
Colonel Holder, and though the matter of the petition was indeed 



112 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 316-319. 



1704-5. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Bernard in 
behalf of the 
counsellors. 



The hearing put off 

till Fryday 16th 

instant. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Perm 

about the surrender 

of the government. 

Answer. 



proper for judicial proceedings, yet the Governor might have done 
the petitioner justice in directing proceedings to have been had 
thereupon. 

As to the Scotchmen's being put into places of trust, Mr. Cooper 
said that he laid no stress thereupon, though perhaps it might 
have been prudent to have been cautious in that matter. 

And as to the men of war being sent to Tobago, he said he looked 
upon that as a thing of small consequence, and did not therefore 
insist upon it. But Captain Martin and Mr. Ball aforesaid affirmed 
that wood enough might be had in Barbadoes, and that ships might 
careen there as well as at Tobago. 

These gentlemen withdrawing, Mr. Bernard, who had been 
present at the hearing [fo. 302, 321], acquainted their lordships 
that he had received a letter from the secretary (as mentioned 
in the first article of these minutes), signifying that their lordships 
had appointed Monday next for hearing the matter before them 
in reference to the four suspended counsellors, and made it his 
request that it might be further put off ; and Wednesday next 
being named by the Board as a proper day, he said he could not 
be ready by that time, and desired that it might be on Fryday, 
the 16th instant, to which their lordships, upon his declaring he 
could not be ready sooner, agreed, and notice thereof was given 
to the Barbados agents accordingly. 

March 9. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Penn desiring to know what it is the Board 
expects he should surrender [fo. 233, 370] in order to his having a 
draught of the surrender of his government prepared and presented 
to the Board, was read ; and thereupon ordered that he be 
acquainted that their lordships expect he should surrender his letters 
patent for the government of Pennsylvania, and all the powers 
therein contained, reserving to himself the propriety of the soil 
and the quit rents thereof. 



Maryland. 

Order of Councill upon 

Sir Thomas 

Lawrence's petition 

relating to the 

secretary's office. 

Miscellanies. 

Three letters from 
Clifford. 



Answer. 



New Hampshire. 

Two letters from 
Mr. Usher. 



March 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 2nd January last, upon the petition 
of Sir Thomas Lawrence, secretary of Maryland [fo. 346], praying 
that direction may be sent to the Governor of that province for 
settling and preserving the secretary's office there in the quiet 
possession and injoyment of its old and just rights, were (sic) read. 

Three letters from Mr. Clifford [fo. 2S1, 372] of the 23rd February, 
2nd and 9th March instant, acquainting their lordships that 
Mr. Shepheard and Mr. Gardner had gon thorough the examination 
of his accounts, and had drawn up their report, and praying their 
lordships to send to them for it, were read ; and thereupon ordered 
that the secretary write to Mr. Shepheard and Mr. Gardner to desire 
them to dispatch the same, and that the said letter be inclosed 
to Mr. Clifford. 

Two letters from Mr. Usher of the 24th June and 27th November 
last, were read. 



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113 



Then their lordships took into consideration the minutes of the 
7th instant [fo. 302], taken at the hearing of the complaints of 
several gentlemen late of the Assembly of Barbados against 
Sir Beville Granville, and gave directions for preparing a draught 
of a representation thereupon [fo. 327]. 

March 13. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Captain Lloyd attending [fo. 300], his accounts, mentioned in 
the minutes of the 23rd February last, were returned to him, and 
their lordships at the same time advised him to lay them before 
such office to whom it might properly belong to inspect the same. 

The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 325], relating 
to the inconveniences arising by the absence of members of Councill 
from Barbadoes, and particularly Mr. Patrick Meine, one of the 
said counsellors (now in England), desiring that he may be- obliged 
to return to Barbados, or that another person be appointed in his 
stead, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Then their lordships took into consideration the draught of a 
charge [fo. 281, 323], as directed by an Order of Councill of the 
12th of the last month, against Rhode Island and Connecticut &c, 
and made some progress therein. 

March 14. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Sir John Stanley and Mr. Weston attending, acquainted the Board 
that Sir Thomas Powis is very ill, and Mr. Pooley indisposed, and 
pray'd that instead of Friday next agreed on [fo. 317] for the 
hearing of the matters depending before this Board relating to 
the four suspended counsellors of Barbados, another day might 
be appointed, and their lordships agreed on Fryday, the 23rd instant 
[fo. 330], and thereupon ordered that Mr. Bernard be acquainted 
therewith. Sir John Stanly at the same time presented to the 
Board an affidavit of William Cleland in vindication of Sir Beville 
Granville, as also four affidavits, viz : — Of Mel. Holder, John 
Rolleston, Samuel Child and Paul Carrington relating to the guarding 
the coast by the militia in time of war &c. 

Mr. Maycock, one of the late Assembly of Barbados, also 
attending, desired that he might have a sight of the report to be 
made upon the last hearing at this Board, before it was sent to 
the Queen in Councill, that he might, if matters were not fully 
represented, petition her Majesty, before any order might be made 
on the said report, to be heard before her Majesty in Councill ; 
whereupon their lordships acquainted him that they did not think 
it proper to communicate to any person their reports before they 
be presented to her Majesty. 

Mr. Docmenique laid before the Board a petition [fo. 270] in 
the name of himself and the rest of the proprietors of West New 
Jersey, representing that they have received information from 
their agents that the Lord Cornbury has acted contrary to his 
instructions for that government in several particulars in relation 
to the proprietors, and praying for a copy of the said instructions. 

Wt. 16557- H 



1704-5. 
Barbados. 

Draught of a report 

on late hearing of 

complaints against 

Sir Beville Granville 

to be prepared. 



Newfoundland. 

Captain Lloyd's 
accounts returned. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about absent coun- 
sellors, particularly 
Mr. Mein. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Charge against 
those Governments. 



Barbados. 

Sir John Stanley 

about putting off the 

hearing appointed 

for Friday. 



Letter to Mr. 
Bernard thereupon. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Maycock about 
seeing the report on 
the last hearing, dkc. 



New Jersey. 

Petition of proprietors 
of West Jersey for 
copy of instructions 
to Lord Cornbury. 



114 



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1704-5. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Charge against 
those colonies. 

New Yorke. 

Draught of a letter to 
Lord Cornbury. 

Order of Councill on 

representation relating 

to Bayard and 

Hutchins. 



Their lordships acquainted him that they could not give a copy 
of the whole, but only of such part as might have any relation to 
the proprietors, as had already been done to Mr. Dockwra, which 
was accordingly delivered to him. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the draught of a 
charge against Connecticut and Rhode Island [Jo. 321, 340], as 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes, and made some progress 
therein. 

Then their lordships also took into consideration the draught 
of a letter to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 324], and went through some 
part of the same. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 18th upon a representation 
of the 15th December, 1704 [fo. 209 ; K. fo. 131], on an Act of 
New Yorke, declaring the illegality of the proceedings against 
Colonel Bayard and Alderman Hutchins for pretended high 
treason null and voyd, approving the said representation, and 
directing the Board to write to the Lord Cornbury accordingly, 
was read. 



New England. 

Petition of Francis 

Gahtman come hither 

as evidence against 

pirates. 



New York. 

Draught of letter to 
the Governor. 

Virginia. 

Draught of letter to 
the Governor. 



Barbados. 

Packet from the 
Governor. Duplicates. 



Except these 
minutes. 

Plantations General. 

Mr. Bridger about 

methods in proceeding 

to production of naval 

Stores. 



March 15. Present: — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Francis Gahtman presented to their lordships a petition setting 
forth that, being forced from his imployment as surgeon in New 
England, in order to be an evidence against Captain Larimore and 
Lieutenant Wells, accessories to pirates, and, being in his voyage 
to New England carryed into France, he lost all he had, and praying 
their lordships recommendation of him, so as he may receive 
wherewithall to pay his debts and to inable him to return back to 
New England, was read ; whereupon a letter was writ to Mr. Lowndes 
accordingly. 

The draught of a letter to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 323, 341] 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes was agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Nicholson, Governor of Virginia 
[fo. 341], was also agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

March 16. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A packet from Sir Beville Granville received yesterday from 
Captain Windsor, commander of her Majesty's ship the Milford, 
was laid before the Board, containing only duplicates of his letter 
of the 18th September already received and of the papers and 
minutes of Council therewith transmitted, except the following 
paper, which had not been before received, viz. :— 

Minutes of the Assembly from the 4th of April, 1704, to the 
11th of September following. 

Mr. Bridger presented to their lordships a memorial proposing 
methods for proceeding in the production of naval stores in the 
plantations, pursuant to the Act of Parliament passed this session 
[fo. 225, 348], and offering his service in the management thereof, 
was read ; and he was ordered to attend the Board again on 
Tuesday next, 



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115 



Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to desire him to 
move the Lord Treasurer that the Board may have one hundred 
copies of the Act for incouraging the importation of naval stores 
from the plantations [fo. 225], in order to the transmitting the 
same to the several Governors on the continent, to be distributed 
in their respective governments. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, relating to the absence of 
Mr. Patrick Meine [fo. 320] from the Councill of Barbadoes, was 
signed. 

March 19. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 16th instant refering 
to this Board the draught of new instructions to be given to 
privateers [fo. 24, 327] was read, and their lordships made some 
progress in the consideration thereof. 

March 20. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Pacy presented to their lordships a petition of the merchants 
of Bristol [fo. 283], commanders of ships and inhabitants of 
Newfoundland now in England, to which is annexed a certificate 
under the hand and seal of the Mayor of Bristol that four of the 
petitioners had made oath to the truth of the allegations therein 
set forth against Captain Lloyd's irregularities in Newfoundland, 
which was read. He further communicated to the Board a petition 
to her Majesty, as also another to the Bishop of London upon the 
same subject, and he acquainted their lordships that he intended 
to present the petition to her Majesty on Thursday next. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 19th instant [fo. 329] 
refering to the Board a proposal offered to him for making 
practicable a trade to and from Spain by the subjects of England 
in neutral ships, was read. 

Then their lordships made a progress in considering the draught 
of instructions for privateers [fo. 326 and infra] mentioned in 
yesterday's minutes. 

Post meridiem. 

Their lordships finished the draught of instructions for privateers 
[v. supra], and signed a letter for returning the same to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a report 
[fo. 320, 328] upon the complaints against Sir Beville Granville, 
Governor of Barbados, and made some progress therein. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to desire him to 
move the Lord Treasurer that the Board may have 50 copies of 
the Act for prohibiting trade and commerce with France, and 
50 copies of the Act to prevent all traitcrous correspondence with 
her Majesty's enemies. 

March 21. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath 
, wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior, 



1704-5. 

Letter to Mr. 
Lowndes for 100 
copies of the Act about 
naval stores. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about Mr. Mein's 
return to Barbados. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about instructions 

for privateers. 



Newfoundland. 

Fresh complaints 
against Captain Lloyd. 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

relating to a trade 

with Spain. 

Plantations General. 

Privateers. 



Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with instructions 

about privateers. 

Barbados. 

Report on the hearing 

of complaints 

against 

the Governor. 

Trade. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. 

Lowndes for copies 

of Acts, &c. 



116 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 328-331. 



1704-5. 
Barbados. 

Report on complaints 
against the Governor. 



Trade. 

Proposal about trade 
with Spain, 



Barbados. 

Two affidavits about 

Sir Beville 
Granville's expences. 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
returning the pro- 
posal about trade to 
Spain. 

Barbados. 

Hearing relating to 

the four suspended 

counsellors. Mr. 

Cooper and Dodd 

against the Governor. 



Sir Thomas Powis 

and Mr. Pooley 

fQr Sir Bevil, 



Their lordships made a further progress in considering the draught 
of a representation [fo. 327, 342] to her Majesty upon the complaints 
exhibited against Sir Beville Granville by some of the late Assembly 
of Barbados. 

March 22. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The proposals for opening a trade with Spain refer'd to their 
lordships by Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter of the 19th instant 
[fo. 327, 330], mentioned in the minutes of the 20th, were now 
taken into consideration, and several observations made there- 
upon. 

Two affidavits of Mr. Bernard Granville and Mr. Robert Chester, 
received from Sir John Stanley, relating to Sir Beville Granvill's 
expences at Barbados, were laid before the Board. 

March 23. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 
19th instant [fo. 329], refering to the Board some proposals for 
making practicable a trade to Spain, returning to him the said 
proposals with their lordships observations thereupon, was signed. 

Mr. Lillington and Mr. Bernard [fo. 321], in behalf of the four 
suspended counsellors of Barbados, with Mr. Cooper and Mr. Dodd 
their counsell, on the one side, and the Barbados agents in the 
behalf of Sir Beville Granville, with Sir Thomas Powis and 
Mr. Pooley their counsell attending on the other ; her Majesty's 
Order in Councill of the 21st of September last upon the petition 
of George Lillington, Michael Tyrrell, David Ramsay and Benjamin 
Cryer, praying to be restored to their places in the Councill of 
Barbados, from which they had been suspended by Sir Beville 
Granville, Governor of that island, as also her Majesty's Order in 
Councill of the 1st instant upon another petition of the said suspended 
counsellors, directing the Board to proceed upon the papers lately 
received from Sir Beville Granville, were read. 

Then the councill (sic) for the petitioners said that they did not 
object against her Majesty's power of suspending and even of turning 
out counsellors when she should see fit ; nor did they dispute 
the Governor's power of suspending ; but that power being 
limited by his instructions, he could not suspend any counsellor 
arbitrarily (as they believe he had done in this case), he being 
required by his instructions, upon such suspension, to send over 
his reasons with the proofs for his so doing ; and, therefore, if he 
had complyed with his instructions in transmitting the said reasons 
and proofs, they were ready to hear the same and reply thereunto. 
But if he have not sent the same, then they doubted not but the 
Board would look upon the said suspension as an arbitrary and 
unjustifiable proceeding, and hoped their lordships would accordingly 
represent it to her Majesty. 

Then the counsell for the Governor said that he had sent over 
his reasons for suspending the said four counsellors, and in that 



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117 



The council for the 
petitioners reply* 



Both sides withdraw. 



1704-5. 

had complyed with his instructions ; but ihey objected to the 
method proposed by the other side, and alledged that, the petition 
begining with a_ charge upon the Governor, they ought to proceed 
upon that part first, and that it was incumbent upon the petitioners 
to make good the same. That no ill consequence had happened, 
but, on the contrary, all things had gone well since the said suspen- 
sion ; therefore they saw no reason why they should not proceed 
methodically, beginning with that which is first laid in the petition. 

To which the counsell for the petitioners replyed, that the Governor, 
having suspended the said counsellors upon reasons best known 
to himself, was in reallity the first complainant, and therefore he 
ought first to make good his charge against the said counsellors by 
proof, according to his instructions ; that they were ready to 
enter upon that part, and desired that, according to her Majesty's 
foresaid order of the 1st instant, their lordships would proceed 
upon it, and that they would undertake to make good their charge 
against the Governor, if they might obtain her Majesty's letter 
impowering the petitioners to take examinations in Barbados, as 
they had formerly desired. 

The counsell thus disagreeing upon which part of the petition 
they were to begin, both sides were ordered to withdraw, and 
their lordships resolved that the counsell for the Governor should 
assign the reasons for the suspension of the said four counsellors, 
and that the others should answer thereunto, and being called in Are called in again 
again they were acquainted therewith. 

Then the counsell for the Governor said that the petitioners 
were suspended for incouraging faction and not attending in Councill , 
and produced the minutes of Councill of the 9th of June last [E., 
fo. 3] in proof thereof, which were read. And in order to prove that 
there was a faction in the island, which had obstructed all publick 
business, even before the Governor's arrival, they refer'd to the 
representation of this Board of the 26th of October last, as also 
to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor Generall's report of the 1st of 
February last thereupon, which were read. They further refer'd 
to the Governor's speech to the Assembly, taking notice of the ill 
condition of the island, and advising them to lay aside animosities 
&c. in the minutes of Councill of the 14th of September, 1703, which 
were read. They added that, notwithstanding the Governor's said 
speech, eight of the members of the Assembly continuing still in 
the said factious disposition, and taking advantage of a custome 
settled amongst them that fifteen should make a quorum, absented 
themselves, and thereby obstructed all publick business in the 
Assembly ; upon which the Governor writ a letter to the Speaker, 
dated the 2nd of November, 1703 [No. 4 ; fo. 1], taking notice of 
their delays and recommending to them dispatch in the publick 
business of the island, which was read. They further produced an 
address of the 9th of November, 1703, from twelve of the Assembly 
to the Governor [in the minutes of the Councill, B. 28], charging 
several of their own members with causing a stagnation in the 
publick business, which was read. They produced the Governor's 
speech to the Assembly the 16th of March, 1703 [Minutes of Councill, 
C. 21], further taking notice of the ill state of the island by reason 



Counsel for the 
Governor. 



118 JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1.334-337. 



1704-5. 



of these absenting members not attending their duty, and requiring 
them to repair to their House for dispatch of the publick business ; 
as also another representation of twelve of the Assembly to the 
Governor [Minutes of Councill, D. fo. 2] further charging the 
absenting members with breach of duty, as also the minutes of 
the 26th of May, 1704 [E. 1 and 2], to shew that the absenting 
members still persisted in the neglect of their duty ; all which were 
read. 

Upon which the counsel observed that having made out that 
there was a faction carryed on in the Assembly, if now they did 
shew that the petitioners countenanced, or at least did not censure, 
according to their duty, such obstructors of the publick business, 
they doubted not but that the charge of faction would plainly 
appear to their lordships to be fully made out. And in order there- 
unto they produced the minutes of Councill of the 8th of February, 
1703 [C. fo. 7], where the Governor declares to the Councill that the 
want of money in the Treasury for the pressing and publick services 
of the island was occasioned by the absenting members, and desired 
them to consider of some method how to prevent such incon- 
veniencies. They also produced the minutes of Councill of the 
9th of March, 1703 [C. fo. 17], where the Governor asks the Councill's 
opinion about the absenting members, who unanimously declared 
that the said members had not done their duty in respect of the people 
that chose them ; upon which the Governor further asking their 
opinion whether the said absenting members should be continued 
in any imployments civil or military, three of the said petitioners, 
viz. : — Mr. Lillington, Mr. Tyrrell and Mr. Cryer were not of opinion 
for turning them out immediatly, but that they should be sum- 
mon'd to attend the Assembly on some short day, and if they did 
not then appear, that (unless they had some lawfull excuse) they 
should be removed from their places. But others of the Councill 
were of opinion that they should be immediatly removed. 

Then the counsel for the Governor further observed that the said 
absenting members having been summoned, according to the foresaid 
advice, but not attending, the Governor again asked the Councill's 
opinion thereupon [D. fo. 7], who all agreed that they had not 
performed the appointments of her Majesty's writ, or the trust 
reposed in them by the people. Upon which the absenting mem- 
bers being summoned before the Councill the 26th of May, 1704, 
and admonished by the Governor to apply themselves to their duty, 
and reprimanded for their neglect thereof, they declared [E. fo. 1] 
that when any Bills were before their House which they believed for the 
service of the country and the honour of the Queen they would attend, 
and when they believed the Bills to be otherwise, they ivould absent 
themselves again, and desired time to offer some matters in favour 
of themselves. Whereupon the Governor asked again the opinion 
of the Councill whether the said absenting members ought not to be 
removed, and the four suspended counsellors gave their opinion 
that no determination might be taken till the said members had 
been heard, though others of the Councill were of opinion that 
they ought to be removed. Upon which the Councill was adjourned 
to the 6th of June [E. fo. 2] ; but three of the suspended counsellors 



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1704-5. 
not attending then, there was not a quorum of the Council!, so that 
no determination could be taken, and they were again adjourned 
to the 9th [E. 3], at which time two of the said counsellors being 
again absent, and the Governor finding that the publick business 
was obstructed by their frequent absenting themselves, and that 
they did not give him the assistance he expected from them, he 
suspended the said Lilhngton, Tyrrel, Ramsey and Cryer. 

And, in order to shew how oft the said counsellors had been 
absent, the counsel for the Governor refer'd to the minutes of 
Councill of the 18th and 25th of May, 1703, the 8th and 9th of June, 
the 6th and 19th of July, the 4th and 13th of August, 14th and 
28th of September, the 5th, 6th, 12th, 19th and 26th of October, 
the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 24th of November, the 1st, 20th and 21st of 
December, 1703, the 9th, 14th, 16th and 21st of March, 170f, the 
8th and 28th of April, and 6th and 9th of June, 1704. 

Then the counsel for the Governor insisted that they had made 
out the charge of faction and non-attendance against the said 
suspended counsellors. They further insisted that no ill conse- 
quence had happened from the said suspension ; but, on the 
contrary, that all things had gone well, the debts of the island had 
been provided for by a Bill for a tax, which has been actually levyed, 
and a sloop and a brigantine fitted out in the country's service, and 
they called upon Mr. Holder and Colonel Cleland, who affirmed 
the same, and they produced the affidavits of Mr. Poulerton and 
Mr. Bates to prove the qualifications of several of the officers put 
in the places of those turned out. 

Then the counsell for the petitioners alledged that the only Counsel for the 
method for curing the pretended faction of the absenting members petitioners' answer. 
of the Assembly was by a dissolution of the Assembly, according 
to the advice of the said suspended counsellors. They owned 
that faction was a good cause for suspension, and even for 
deprivation, if it were made out ; but nothing of that nature 
appeared, for the suspended counsellors had several times censured 
the absenting members in Councill, and if they differed in opinion 
from the Governor in relation to the punishing the said absenting 
members, that was not to be imputed as a crime, for by her Majesty's 
instructions they were allowed liberty and freedom of debate and 
voting ; and as for their absenting, it never had been objected to 
them as a fault till the day of their suspension ; that no notice 
had been taken of the other counsellors who had frequently been 
absent ; and that none had been more diligent in their attendance 
than Mr. Lilhngton and Mr. Cryer. And in order to give a good 
character of the said suspended counsellors, they produced the 
affidavits of Colonel John Kirton, Roger Webb, Colonel Tyrrell, 
Colonel Maycock, Edmond Bedingfield, and a letter from the 
Lord Grey to that effect ; and then further called upon Mr. Heysham 
and Mr. Ball, who confirmed the same. But it being observed 
that some of the affidavits make mention of the Bill by which they 
pretend the Governor might have got 3,000L had it past, 
Mr. Heysham was asked whether the said Bill was brought into 
the Assembly by the Governor's direction or procurement ; he 
answered that he did not know who promoted it. 



120 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 339-342. 



1704-5. 

Council for the 
Governor a reply. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Tlie agents to 
attend. 



1705. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Letters to the agents 
with copies of the 
charge against them. 

New Yorke. 

Letter to the Governor. 

Virginia. 

Letter to the Governor. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from Board of 

Ordnance about death 

of the ingineer. 

Barbados. 

Affidavit of William 

Griffith about the 

characters of the four 

suspended counsellors. 

Report on complaints 

against 

the Governor. 



Then the counsel for the Governor observed that three of the 
foresaid affidavits (viz., of Mr. Kirton, Mr. Tyrrell and Mr. Maycock) 
were of parties to the complaint of the Assembly men against the 
Governor, and therefore no stress ought to be laid upon them ; 
that it did not appear that the Governor had suspended the said 
counsellors out of any malice or prejudice against them, but meerly 
for the publick good, and that there had been no objection to the 
administration in Barbados since the alteration of counsellors and 
other officers. They further took notice that the foresaid Bill, 
which was so much feared by the petitioners, had not been moved 
in the new Assembly, which was some proof that the Governor 
was not concerned in promoting it in the former Assembly. And 
they further observed that if the Governor had dissolved the 
Assembly upon the forementioned advice of the suspended coun- 
sellors, no benefit would have accrued thereby, because the said 
counsellors being still in place they would have so influenced the 
elections that the same persons would have been chosen again. 
That the charge of faction had been made out against the 
petitioners ; for though they had agreed that the absenting Assembly 
men had violated the trust reposed in them, yet they were so tender 
of them that they would not consent to their removal from their 
places, which ought to be looked upon as an abetting or incouraging 
the said Assembly men in their factious proceedings. 

Ordered that Sir Henry Ashhurst and Mr. Wharton [fo. 323, 341] 
have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next, in order 
to receive from their lordships the charge against the governments 
of Connecticut and Rhode Island, pursuant to her Majesty's Order 
in Councill of the 12th of February last. 

March 26. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships agreed upon the draught of a charge against 
the proceedings of the charter governments of Connecticut and 
Rhode Island [fo. 340, 358], and ordered copies thereof to 
be sent to Sir Henry Ashhurst and Mr. Wharton, agents for those 
colonies. 

A letter to the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New Yorke [fo. 324], 
was signed. 

A letter to Colonel Nicholson, Governor of Virginia [fo. 324], was 
signed. 

A letter from the Board of Ordnance, signifying the death of 
Mr. Bell, ingineer at Jamaica, and desiring to know whether it be 
necessary that another be sent in his place, was read, and an answer 
thereunto signed. 

Mr. Bernard presented to their lordships the affidavit of William 
Griffith, relating to the character of Mr. Lillington, Mr. Tyrrell, 
Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Cryer, which was read. 

Then their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the draught 
of a report [fo. 328, et infra] upon the complaints exhibited against 
Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, and made some progress 
therein. 



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121 



Post meridiem. 
Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, 



1705. 



Mr. Blathwayt, 



Present : — Lord 
Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships made a further progress in the abovementioned 
draught of a representation [v. supra and infra] upon the complaints 
against Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados. 

March 27. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A further progress was made in the draught of a representation 
[fo. 342, and infra] upon the complaints exhibited against Sir Beville 
Granville, Governor of Barbados, by seven of the members of the 
late Assembly there. 

Post meridiem. 
Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Prior. 
Their lordships went through the foresaid draught of a repre- 
sentation [v. supra and infra], agreed the same and ordered it to 
be transcribed. 



Barbados. 

Representation upon 

complaints against 

the Governor. 



To be transcribed. 



March 28. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation [v. supra and 344] upon the petition of George 
Lilhngton, Michael Tyrrell, David Ramsey and Benjamin Cryer, 
praying to be restored to their places in the Councill of Barbados, 
from which they had been suspended by Sir Beville Granville, was 
agreed, and added to the representation upon the petition of the 
absenting members of the late Assembly agreed at the last meeting, 
and ordered to be transcribed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Sir John Colleton [fo. 348] to 
know if he have any objection why Colonel James Colleton should 
not be confirmed by her Majesty of the Councill of Barbados. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 27th instant, directing 
a commission and instructions to be prepared for Colonel Park 
[fo. 345, 383] to be Governor of the Leeward Islands in the room 
of Sir William Matthew, deceased, was read, and directions 
given for preparing the said commission and instructions 
accordingly. 



Barbados. 

Representation 
about suspended 
counsellors. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Sir John 

Colleton about Mr. 

James Colleton being 

of the Council. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 

Colonel Park, 

Governor. 



March 29. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation [fo. 343, 376 ; K./o. 25. 28] upon the complaints 
exhibited against Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, by 
seven members of the Assembly of that island, as also upon the 
petition of Mr. Lilhngton, Mr. Tyrrell, Mr Ramsey and Mr. Cryer, 
praying to be restored to their places in the Councill from which they 
had been suspended, was signed. 

A representation for laying before her Majesty the draught of a 
commission for Colonel Park [fo. 344, 371] to be Governor of the 
Leeward Islands, was signed. 



Barbados. 

Representation on 
complaints of mem- 
bers of Assembly 
and suspended 
counsellors. 



Leeward Islands. 

Representation with 

commission for 

Colonel Park to be 

Governor. 



122 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 345-348. 



1705. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about Dummer's 

petition relating to 

powder money. 



Letter from 

Mr. Bridges relating 

to salutes, &c. 

Maryland. 

Order of Councill on 

petition of Sir 

Thomas Lau'rence 

for preserving the 

secretary's rights, &c. 



New England. 

Draught of a letter 
to Colonel Dudley. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from 

Mr. Burchet about 

salutes, &c. 



Virginia. 

Order of Councill 
about settling ports. 



Merchants 
summon' d. 



Acts to be looked 
out. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

for commission, &c. 

for Colonel Nott to be 

Governor. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

upon Dummer's 

petition about duty of 

powder money, with 

draught of a letter to 

the Governors for an 

exemption thereof. 



March 30. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges [Jo. 347] of the 28th instant, 
refering to the Board a petition of Mr. Edmond Dummer, praying 
that the duty of powder money may not be demanded of his packet 
boats in the West Indies, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the 
Acts for laying the said duty in the respective islands be lookt 
out and laid before the Board. 

A letter from Mr. Bridges, Surveyor General of the Ordnance, 
inclosing a copy of the orders and instructions relating to salutes 
from garrisons, castles, forts &c, was read. 

Sir Thomas Lawrence attending, the Order of Councill of the 
2nd January last [Jo. 319] upon his petition praying that directions 
may be sent to Maryland for settling and preserving the secretary's 
office there, was again read ; whereupon their lordships agreed to 
write to Colonel Seymour [Jo. 352] that he preserve, as much as may 
be, the antient rights of her Majesty's patent offices, and that 
he give all protection to the secretary and other patent officers, 
and, in case such a Bill be past as Sir Thomas Lawrence mentions 
in his foresaid petition, that Colonel Seymour sent it over immediatly, 
with his reasons for passing the same. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Dudley [fo. 355], Governor of 
the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, was agreed and ordered 
to be transcribed. 

Letter from Mr. Burchet of yesterday's date, inclosing a copy 
of instructions relating to salutes from garrisons in the plantations 
&c. 

April 2. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 29th of the last month, refering to 
the consideration of this Board a report from the Commissioners of 
the Customes, and one from the Lord High Treasurer upon a memorial 
from the Virginia merchants, relating to the settling of ports in 
Virginia, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the Virginia 
merchants be summoned to attend their lordships to-morrow at 
ten of the clock in the morning ; [Jo. 349] and further ordered that 
the Acts for cohabitation and settling of ports in Virginia be lookt 
out. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of this date, directing the 
Board to prepare the commission and instructions for 
Colonel Edward Nott [fo. 351, 359] to be Governor of Virginia, 
was read ; and directions given for preparing the commission to be 
laid before her Majesty on Thursday next. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 28th 
of the last month [fo. 345], relating to Mr. Dummer's desire 
that his packet boats may be exempted from paying the powder 
duty and all other duties in the plantations, inclosing to Mr. Secretary 
the draught of a letter to be writ to the Governors of the said 
plantations for suspending the levying the said powder duty, and 
for indeavouring to get Acts past in the respective Assemblies for 
exempting the said packet boats from paying the same, was signed. 



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123 



A memorial from Sir John Colleton [Jo. 344] praying their lord- 
ships' directions to Sir Beville Granville, that he take care that 
Mr. James Colleton may not, by virtue of his being one of her 
Majesty's Councill, any ways impede or obstruct the proceedings 
at law of the said Sir John against the said Mr. Colleton, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Beville Granville 
[fo. 353], directing him not to admit the said Mr. Colleton to sit as 
judge in any of the courts in that island, nor in Councill upon any 
writ of error or appeal any ways relating to this cause, till the suit 
between him and Sir John Colleton be determined. 

A reference from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 29th of the last 
month [fo. 325, 349] upon a petition of Mr. Bridger to her Majesty, 
praying that he may be appointed Surveyor General of the woods 
in America, and that he may be imployed in promoting and 
incouraging the production of naval stores in the plantations, was 
read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared to 
Mr. Secretary Harley in answer thereunto. 

April 3. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley in answer to his reference upon 
the petition of Mr. Bridger, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, 
was signed [fo. 348]. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges inclosing to him the draught 
of a circular letter [fo. 352] to the Governors on the continent of 
America, relating to the production of naval stores, for his con- 
sideration thereof, was signed. 

Mr. Perry with other Virginia merchants attending [Jo. 347], 
her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 29th of the last month upon 
their memorial relating to the settling of ports in that colony, 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was read ; and several questions 
being asked them, they said that they did not mean that the said 
ports should be settled till towns and warehouses could be built 
at the places that should be agreed upon ; and therefore they only 
desired that her Majesty would please to give an instruction to 
Colonel Nott that he move the Assembly to pass an Act for setting 
out of lands for building the said towns and warehouses on, in order 
to be ports ; but that the said places be not reckoned as ports till 
two years after the passing the said Act. And they promised to 
bring to their lordships on Thursday next a list of the names of 
such places [fo. 351], as they conceived proper for that purpose. 
And in the meantime their lordships gave directions for preparing 
the draught of a representation thereupon [fo. 351]. 

Mr. William Heysham with his brother presented to their lordships 
[fo. 411] an answer to Sir Beville Granville's reasons for not 
admitting Mr. Downes into the Councill of Barbados ; and they 
were acquainted that that matter did not properly lye before their 
lordships, but that their best way would be to apply to her Majesty. 

April 5. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



1705. 
Barbados. 

Memorial from Sir 
John Colleton against 
Mr. Colleton's being 
of the Councill till the 
cause between them 
be determined. 

Letter to 

the Governor 

thereupon. 



Plantations General. 

Reference from 

Mr. Secretary Harley 

on Mr. Bridgets 

petition. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Harley. 
Bridger. 
Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
with draught of 
circular letter to 
Governors on the con- 
tinent. Naval stores. 

Virginia. 

Merchants about 
settling ports, &c. 



Draught of 

representation 

thereupon. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Heysham, efce. 
about Mr. Doivnes 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 351-353. 



1705. 
Virginia. 

Several merchants 
about ports. 

Representation 
about ports. 



Representation with 

instructions 

for Colonel Nott. 

Memorial from Sir 

Thomas Frankland 

about letter of 

revocation for Colonel 

Nicholson. 

New Jersey. 

Memorial from 

Mr. Dockwra. 

Lord Combury. 



New England. 
Plantations General. 

Pirates. 

Naval stores. 

Virginia. 

Order of Council 
about ports. 

Instruction to be 

prepared for the 

Oovernor. 

Letter of revocation 
to Colonel Nicholson. 



Maryland. 

Letter to the 
Oovernor about Sir 
Thomas Lawrence. 

Barbados. 

Letter to the 

Oovernor about 

Sir John Colleton. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from 
Mr. Thurston about 
stay of the soldiers. 

Letters to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

and Mr. Burchet to 

be prepared thereon. 

Plantations General. 

Commissions for 
trying of pirates. 



Mr. Perry with several Virginia merchants presented to their 
lordships a list of the names of the places they conceive proper 
to be established as ports in Virginia, which was read [fo. 350]. 

A representation in obedience to her Majesty's Order in Councill 
of the 29th of the last month [fo. 350, 352] relating to settling of 
ports in Virginia, was signed. 

A representation for laying before her Majesty the draught of a 
commission for Colonel Nott [fo. 347, 371] to be Governor of 
Virginia, was signed. 

A memorial from Sir Thomas Frankland, desiring her Majesty's 
letter of revocation to Colonel Nicholson, was read ; [fo. 352] and 
ordered that presidents of such letters be look'd out. 

Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Cox and Mr. Sonmans presented to their 
lordships a memorial relating to New Jersey, which their lordships 
resolved to take into consideration at the first opportunity. 

April 11. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, to remind him of the letters writ him the 2nd of February 
last and the 3rd instant relating to pirates seized in New England 
[fo. 256, 349, 355] and to a circular letter relating to the late Act 
for incouraging the importation of naval stores from America. 

An Order of Councill of the 5th instant upon a representation 
[fo. 351] of the same date relating to the settling of ports in Virginia, 
approving the same and directing the Board to prepare an 
instruction to Colonel Nott, as is proposed in the said representation, 
was read, and directions given for preparing the said instruction 
accordingly [fo. 358]. 

The draught of a letter for her Majesty's signature for the 
revocation of Colonel Nicholson [fo. 351, 354] from the government 
of Virginia, as also a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, were agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter to Colonel Seymour [fo. 346, 354] upon Sir Thomas 
Lawrence's petition mentioned in the minutes of the 30th of the 
last month, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter to Sir Beville Granville upon Sir John Colleton's memorial 
[fo. 348, 354] relating to Mr. James Colleton's being of the Councill 
of Barbados mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd instant, was 
agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston desiring to know whether the company 
of soldiers at Newfoundland are to stay there or to be relieved, 
was read, and directions given for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges [Jo. 354] thereupon, and further ordered that a letter be 
writ to Mr. Burchet to inquire when the Newfoundland convoy 
will be ready to saile [fo. 355]. 

Ordered that Mr. Baker be desired to dispatch the commissions 
for trying of pirates in America [fo. 113, 357], in order to be sent 
by the ships now bound for those parts. 



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125 



Their lordships took into consideration the Lord Cornbury's 
letters of 14th January, 170|, and 4th of November last [fo. 256, 
257], relating to his government of New Jersey, which were read 
the 2nd of February last and made some progress therein ; and 
ordered that Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Dockminique and the other 
proprietors [fo. 356, 357] be summoned to attend their lordships 
on Friday morning next. 

April 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston with an account of the necessaries 
annually sent for the company of soldiers at Newfoundland, was 
read, and a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, as directed in yesterday's 
minutes [fo. 353] inclosing also the said account, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, with the draught of a letter for 
her Majesty's signature for the revocation of Colonel Nicholson 
[fo. 352, 363] from the government of Virginia, was signed. 

A letter to Colonel Seymour upon the petition of Sir Thomas 
Lawrence [fo. 352 ; K. fo. 119], relating to the secretary's office 
in Maryland, as mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

A letter to Sir Beville Granville upon Sir John Colleton's 
memorial [fo. 353] as mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was 
signed. 

A memorial from Mr. Jennings desiring the Board's recom- 
mendation of him to the Admiralty for his passage to Virginia 
[fo. 358] in one of the men-of-war now bound thither, was read ; 
and a letter ordered to be writ to Mr. Burchet accordingly. 

A letter to Colonel Dudley, Governor of New England [fo. 346], 
was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges relating to the pirates condemned 
in New England [fo. 352, 359]. and to a circular letter for inclosing the 
Act for incouraging the importation of naval stores [fo. 352, 360] 
from the plantations, as agreed at the last meeting, was signed. 

April 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter from Mr. Fawler in the absence of Mr. Burchet, secretary 
to his royal highness the Lord High Admiral [fo. 353], signifying 
that the Newfoundland convoy were sailed for the Downes in order 
to their proceeding to Newfoundland, was read, and a letter writ 
to him inclosing the usual heads of inquiry [fo. 364] to be sent to 
the Commodore of the said convoy for his answers thereunto. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges inclosing the draught of a 
commission impowering the Commodore of the Newfoundland 
convoy to command at land during his stay there, was signed. 



1705. 

New Jersey. 

Lord Cornbury's 
letters under 
consideration. 

Proprietors to be 
summoned. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from 

Mr. Thurston about 

necessaries for 

soldiers. 

Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with draught of one 

to Colonel Nicholson 

recalling him home. 

Maryland. 

Letter to the 
Governor about Sir 
Thomas Lawrence. 

Barbados. 

Letter to 
the Governor about 
Sir John Colleton. 

Virginia. 

Mr. Jennings' 
memorial about his 
passage to Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. 
Burchet thereupon. 

New England. 

Letter to the 

Governor. 

Letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about pirates. 

Plantations General. 

Naval stores. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from 

Mr. Fawler about 

convoy. 

Answer with 
heads of inquiry. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with draught of a 

commission for 

Commodore to com* 

mand at land. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 356-358. 



1705. 
Virginia. 

Memorial from 

Colonel Nott to stop 

the fleet ten days. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

thereon. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 
with several Spanish 
and French letters. 

New Jersey. 
Mr. Docmenique at 

the Board about 
complaints against 

Lord Cornbury. 



New Jersey. 

Mr. Dockwra, &c. 

Method of choosing 

Assembly men. 



Persons to 

be recommended for 

counsellors. 



Plantations General. 

Commissions for 
trying of pirates. 



Colonel Nott presented to their lordships a memorial setting 
forth that he could not have his dispatches so as to be ready to go 
along with the Virginia fleet the 20th instant, and praying that 
the said fleet may be stopt ten days longer, or that a man-of-war 
may be ordered to stay for him, was read ; and a letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the said memorial to be laid before 
her Majesty, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 12th instant [fo. 369] 
inclosing several Spanish and French letters taken on board a ship 
coming from Martinico, and desiring the Board to see if there be 
anything for her Majesty's service in them, was read. 

Mr. Docmenique attending [fo. 353], acquainted their 
lordships that he had not yet been able to get a court of the 
proprietors of West New Jersey, and, therefore, could not give their 
lordships any answer to the papers from the Lord Cornbury that 
had been communicated to him ; whereupon he was desired to 
bring a memorial [fo. 360] of what he and others might have to offer, 
on Tuesday next at furthest. 

Mr. Dockwra and Mr. Cox attending [fo. 353, 358], and being 
asked about the method of choosing Assembly men in New Jersey, 
they said that they thought it might be for the good of the province 
that the Assembly men be elected as follows, viz. : — Two for the 
town of Perthamboy in East New Jersey, and two for each county, 
there being five counties in the said division ; two for the town of 
Burlington in West New Jersey, and two for each county ; but, 
there being but four counties in that division, they offered that 
two might be chosen for the town of Salem in the said division, 
which together make up the number of twenty-four, as is limited 
by her Majesty's instructions to the Lord Cornbury. 

They further proposed that there being two vacancies in the 
Councill of New Jersey, their lordships would be pleased to recom- 
mend Mr. Sonmans to her Majesty [fo. 378] to fill up one of the 
said vacancies, which their lordships resolved to consider of at 
their next meeting, and they now agreed to recommend Mr. Cox 
to her Majesty to fill up the other vacancy. 

Mr. Henry Baker [fo. 353, 361] presented to their lordships nine 
commissions for the tryal of pirates in America as follows : — One 
for the Massachusets, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, one for 
New Yorke, New Jersey and Connecticut, one for Maryland and 
Pennsylvania, one for Virginia and Carolina, one for Jamaica and 
the Bahama Islands, one for the Leeward Islands, one for Barbados, 
one for Bermuda, and one for Newfoundland. 



April 16, Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blath- 

wayt, Mr. Prior. 

Virginia. A letter from Mr. Fawler signifying that his royal highness the 

Mr. Fawier"about Lord High Admiral's Councill had given directions for Mr. Jennings 

Mr. Jennings's passage, and - his servants passage in one of the men-of-war bound for 

Virginia [fo. 354], was read. 

New Yorke. The draughts of letters to the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley 

Proprieties. ' U°- 341, 361], inclosing a charge against the charter governments of 



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127 



Connecticut and Rhode Island, were agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 



The draught of an additional instruction to the Lord Cornbury 
relating to the method of choosing Assembly men in New Jersey 
[fo. 357] was agreed. 

The draught of an instruction to Colonel Nott, Governor of 
Virginia [fo. 352] relating to the settling of ports in that colony, 
was agreed. 



1705. 

Letters to 
Lord Cornbury and 
Colonel Dudley with 
charge against Con- 
necticut and Bhode 
Island. 

New Jersey. 

Letter to 

Lord Cornbury about 

Assembly men. 

Virginia. 

Draught of instruc- 
tion about ports. 



April 17. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Nott returned to the Board the draught of his instructions 
for the government of Virginia, which had been communicated 
to him some days ago, and acquainted their lordships that he had 
no objections thereunto ; whereupon ordered that the said 
instructions be transcribed [fo. 347, 362]. 

Mr. Cary desired their lordships to report upon an Act past at 
Antegoa the 3rd of July, 1704; whereupon the said Act, viz. : — 
An Act for holding a court of chancery in this island by the Lieutenant 
Governor or President and Councill in the absence of the Commander- 
in-Cheif. and for the more speedy dispatch of causes in the said court, 
was sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion in point of law. 

The secretary acquainted the Board that Mr. Ellis had told 
him that, her Majesty having been pleased to pardon the pirates in 
New England [fo. 355], Mr. Secretary Hedges would write to 
Colonel Dudley accordingly. That Mr. Secretary thought fit to 
write himself the circular letter to the Governors on the continent 
of America relating to the late Act for incouraging the importation 
of naval stores from the plantations [fo. 355], the draught whereof 
was sent him the 3rd instant, and that the draught of a letter for 
her Majesty's signature to Colonel Dudley about Pemaquid and 
the Governor's salary, laid before her Majesty with a representation 
from this Board of the 11th January last, having been mislaid, he 
desired another copy thereof, which was ordered to be given him 
accordingly. 

The draught of an additional instruction to Colonel Seymour, 
Governor of Maryland [fo. 363], relating to the settling of ports in 
that colony [v. Virginia, fo. 358], was agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

Mr. John Field and Mr. Wyeth presented to their lordships a 
reference from Mr. Secretary Harley upon their petition to her 
Majesty in behalf of the Quakers in Connecticut, praying her 
Majesty's disallowance of an Act of that colony intituled Hereticks 
which was read ; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said 
petition, reference and Act be sent to Sir Henry Ashurst [fo. 366] 
for his answer thereunto. 

Mr. Docminique presented to their lordships [fo. 356] a memorial 
containing some complaints of the Lord Cornbury's administration 



Virginia. 

Colonel Nott's 
instructions. 



Antego. 

Act. 



New England. 

Pirates pardoned. 



Circular letter about 

naval stores writ 

by Mr. Secretary 

Hedges. 



Maryland. 

Draught of additional 

instructions to 

Colonel Seymour. 

Ports. 

Connecticut. 

Mr Field &c. peti- 
tion against an Act. 



New Jersey. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Docminique against 

Lord Cornbury. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 361-363. 



1705. 



in New Jersey, which was read, and their lordships agreed upon 
several heads to be writ to the Lord Cornbury thereupon. 



Plantations General. 

Draught of circular 
letter to send commis- 
sions about -pirates. 

New Jersey. 

Letter to 
Lord Cornbury. 

Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Letters to Lord Corn- 
bury and Colonel 
Dudley about 
irregularities. 
Maryland. 
Letter to 
Colonel Seymour. 



April 18. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The draught of a circular letter for transmitting the commissions 
for trying of pirates [fo. 357, 365] to the several Governors in 
America, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter to the Lord Cornbury, relating to his government of 
New Jersey, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Letters to the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley [fo. 358], 
inclosing to them the charges against the governments of Con- 
necticut and Rhode Island, were signed. 



A letter to Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland [fo. 365], was 
agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



Virginia. 

Colonel Nott's 
instructions. 

Colonel Dudley Diggs 
to be of the Council. 



Draft of representa- 
tion to lay Colonel 
Nott's instructions 
before the Queen, 

and 

Instructions about 

trade. 

Maryland. 

Instructions about 

ports to 

Colonel Seymour. 

Plantations General. 

Representation 

about seals. 



New Jersey. 

Representation with 

additional instructions 

to Lord Cornbury. 



April 19. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Poliexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Nott attending [fo. 359, and infra], his instructions for the 
government of Virginia were read and agreed. And Mr. Jennings, 
who attended at the same time, acquainted their lordships that 
Colonel Dudley Diggs having formerly been of the Councill of 
Virginia, and having been omitted in Colonel Nicholson's 
instructions, he desired to be restored to the same place in which 
he had been put by Sir Edmond Andros. Whereupon their lordships 
agreed to insert his name in Colonel Nott's instructions in the 
same place accordingly, and ordered that the list of persons recom- 
mended by Colonel Nicholson [fo. 364] to fill up vacancies in the 
Councill be laid before their lordships to-morrow, in order to the 
filling up the vacancy there by the death of Mr. Matthew Page. 

The draught of a representation [Jo. 365] for laying before her 
Majesty Colonel Nott's instructions for the government of Virginia 
[v. supra] and his instructions relating to the Acts of trade, as also 
an additional instruction to Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland 
[Jo. 360], about settling of ports in that colony, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 



A representation [fo. 364] for laying before her Majesty new 
seals for New Hampshire, the Massachusets Bay, New Yorke, 
New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Barbados, the Leeward Islands 
and Bermuda, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A representation [fo. 365] for laying before her Ma jesty the draught 
of an additional instruction to the Lord Cornbury, Governor of 
New Jersey, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

April 20. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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129 



Mr. Wilcox communicated to their lordships a letter from 
Mr. Secretary Hedges to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 354] signifying that 
her Majesty did not recall him from his government of Virginia 
upon account of any informations against him, or of any displeasure 
her Majesty has taken against him, which was read, and a copy 
thereof ordered to be taken. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 19th instant, signifying that her 
Majesty's ship the Loestaff was now in the Downes under orders to 
saile to New Yorke, and that the Deptford would shortly be at 
Portsmouth, from whence she is to saile in a little time to New 
England, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the packets for 
the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley be sent to the Postmaster 
General, to be sent to the Downes and Portsmouth, to be put on 
board those respective men-of-war. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 17th instant, signifying that the 
heads of inquiry which were sent him the 13th instant [fo. 355], to 
be given to the Commodore of the Newfoundland convoy, have 
been sent to the said Commodore. 

Their lordships took into consideration the list of persons to 
fill up vacancies in the Councill of Virginia [fo. 362], and inserted 
the name of Williain Churchill instead of Matthew Page, deceased. 

A representation [fo. 363, 371] for laying before her Majesty 
new seals for severall of the plantations, as mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes, was signed. 

A representation [fo. 362, 372] for laying before her Majesty 
Colonel Nott's instructions for the government of Virginia and 
his instructions relating to the Acts of trade, as also an additional 
instruction to Colonel Seymour, relating to the settling of ports in 
Maryland [fo. 370], was signed. 

A representation for laying before her Majesty the draught of an 
additional instruction to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 363, 370] relating 
to his government of New Jersey, was signed. 

A letter to Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland [fo. 361] 
was signed. 

A letter to the Lord Cornbury relating to his government of 
New Jersey, was signed. 



1705. 
Virginia. 

Letter about Colonel 
Nicholson s revoca- 
tion. 



New York. 
New England. 

Letter from Mr< 
Burchet about ships 
going thither. 

Packets to Lord 

Cornbury and 

Colonel Dudley. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Burchet about 

heads of inquiry. 

Virginia. 

Counsellors' names. 



Plantations General. 

Representation 
with new seals. 

Virginia. 

Representation 
with Colonel Nott's 
instructions, &c. 
Maryland. 
Additional instruc- 
tions about ports. 

New Jersey. 

Representation with 

draught of additional 

instructions to Lord 

Cornbury. 

Representatives. 

Maryland. 

Letter to Colonel 
Seymour. 

New Jersey. 

Letter to Lord 
Cornbury. 



Circular letters to the Governors of the Massachusets Bay, New Plantations General. 
Yorke, Maryland, Virginia, Jamaica, Barbados, Leeward Islands, J^SffS*c. 
and Bermuda [fo. 361], inclosing her Majesty's commission for the 
tryal of pirates, were signed. 

April 24. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, 

Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 

Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 21st instant [fo. 379], 

upon a representation of this Board of the 18th of January last upon 

the petition of the Canary merchants [fo. 234], desiring to know 

in what particulars Mr. Ra worth has not complyed with the literal 

Wt. 16557. I 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 

relating to the 
Canary merchants. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 366-368. 



1705. 



Connecticut. 

Letter from Sir 

Henry Ashhurst 

about Quakers' petition. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Colonel 

Johnson. 

Copy of an agreement 

for exchanging 

prisoners. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

thereupon. 

About trade to 

St. Thomas. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from the 
Qovernor. 



Bermuda. 

Letter from Colonel 
Bennet to the secretary. 

Letter from him to 
the Board. 



Papers Inclosed. 



Representation to be 

prepared on what he 

writes about 

Lieutenant Henley. 



sense of her Majesty's licence for sending two ships with convoy 
to the Canaries, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the papers 
relating to that affaire be laid before the Board at their next 
meeting. 

A letter from Sir Henry Ashhurst, desiring to be heard before 
their lordships report upon the petition of the Quakers [fo. 360, 375], 
against an Act of Connecticut, was read. 

Letters from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of Nevis, 
dated the 6th and 9th of February last, were read ; as also the 
copy of an agreement made between him and the Governors of the 
French islands relating to the exchange of prisoners, were (sic) read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared for transmitting 
the said agreement to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 369], as also copies 
of paragraphs D. and E. of the aforesaid letter of the 6th of February 
relating to the trade of St. Thomas, and to the want of a man-of- 
war in the Leeward Islands. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, of the 
27th of February last, was read ; as also the following papers 
therein inclosed, viz. : — 

Copy of the protection sent by Colonel Handasyd to some French 
who have revolted &c, and desire to come under her Majesty's 
government. 

Minutes of Councill of the 22nd day of January, and 22nd day of 
February, 170|. 

And thereupon ordered that copy of paragraph E., relating to 
the protection he has sent to some French that have deserted, be 
sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

A letter from Colonel Bennet to the secretary, dated the 
28th December, 1704, was read. 

A letter from Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, 
to the Board, dated the — December last, as also the following 
papers therein inclosed, viz. : — 

Affidavit of Solomon Seares, relating to the boatswain of the 
hulk at Jamaica fraudulently disposing of some of her Majesty's 
stores. 

Copy of the petition and affidavits of the company of soldiers at 
Bermuda against their Lieutenant. 

Lieutenant Henley's petition to Colonel Bennet, praying that he 
will give credit for the petitioner's subsistence. 

Proceedings at a Court of Assize against Lieutenant Henley &c, 
held the 8th of November, 1704. 

An Act for the speedy payment of bills and costs at common 
law and Courts of Chancery in these islands. 

An Act for punishing of officers and soldiers under pay that shall 
mutiny or desert in her Majesty's Bermuda or Summer Islands in 
America. 

An Act to prevent the insolency of negroes and slaves. 

And thereupon ordered that a representaton [fo. 369] be prepared 
for laying before her Majesty what Colonel Bennet has writ relating 
to the tryal of Lieutenant Henley. 



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131 



April 26. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, dated 
the 31st of January last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd 
to laid before the Board and are as follows : — 

Naval officers' list of ships entred and cleared from the 25th 
March, 1704, to the 24th June following exclusive. 

Naval officers' list of ships entred and cleared from the 25th June, 
1704, to the 24th September following, both inclusive. 

Naval officers' list of ships entred and cleared from the 
25th September, 1704, to the 24th December following inclusive. 

Two Acts past in Barbados the 27th September and 4th October 
1704. 

Several Acts past in September, October, November, December, 
1704, and January, 170f. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 
12th instant, returning to him the French and Spanish letters 
[Jo. 356] taken on board a ship coming from Martinico, was signed. 

Another letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the extract 
of a letter from Colonel Johnson, Commander-in-Chief of the 
Leeward Islands [fo. 366], relating to the trade of St. Thomas, as 
also an agreement with the French islands for exchange of prisoners, 
was signed. 

Letters from the Board to the Governors of Jamaica, Barbados, 
the Leeward Islands and Bermuda, were signed. 

A representation relating to the tryal of Lieutenant Henley in 
Bermuda [fo. 368, 372], and to the repeal of an Act lately past 
[fo. 370] there for preventing the insolency of negroes and other 
slaves, was signed. 

April 27. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Simon Clement, inclosing the conditions upon 
which Mr. Penn [fo. 318, 373] was willing to surrender his govern- 
ment, as also the powers he was willing to surrender, which were 
read, and resolved to be taken into consideration at the next full 
Board. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 23rd, approving the draught 
of an additional instruction for Colonel Seymour, Governor of 
Maryland [fo. 365], relating to the settling of ports in that colony, 
laid before her Majesty with a representation of this Board of the 
20th instant, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 23rd instant, approving the 
draught of an additional instruction for the Lord Cornbury [fo. 372], 
relating to his government of New Jersey, laid before her Majesty 
with a representation of the 20th instant [fo. 365], was read. 



1705. 



Barbados. 

Letter from the 
Governor. 

Publick papers. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about Spanish and 

French letters. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about trade 

to St. Thomas 

and 

exchange of prisoners. 

Jamaica, Barbados, 

Leeward Islands, 

Bermuda. 

Letters to the Governors. 

Bermuda. 

Representation about 

Lieutenant Henley and 

for repealing an Act 

about negroes, dkc. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. 
Clement about Mr. 
Penns surrender. 



Maryland. 
Copy of an order of 
Councill on representa- 
tion about ports. 



New Jersey. 

Copy of an order of 
Councill upon repre- 
sentation relating to 
Assembly men. 

Bermuda. 



An Order of Councill of the 26th instant upon a representation ,, , 

»o , , ,. />m t a.,-1.,1 i i ., t» i Order of Councill on 

ot the same date [fo. 369], repealing an Act lately pass d at Bermuda representation for 

for preventing the insolency of negroes and other slaves, was read, repealing an Act 



an 
about slaves, 



132 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 371-373. 



1705. 
Bermuda. 

Letter to Lieutenant 
Governor. 



New York. 

Copy of an order of 
Council on representa- 
tion about recruits. 

Leeward Islands. 

Copy of an order 
approving Colonel 
Park's commission. 

Virginia. 

Copy of an order of 

Councill approving 

Colonel Notts 

commission. 

Plantations General. 
Copy of an Order of 
Councill on repre- 
sentation with new 
seals, &c. 

Virginia. 

Order of Councill 
approving Colonel 
Notfs instructions. 

Bermuda. 

Order of Councill for 

a new lieutenant for 

the company of 

soldiers. 

New Jersey. 

Maryland. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about in- 
structions for Lord 
Cornbury, instruc- 
tions about ports for 
Colonel Seymour and 
warrants for 
using the seals. 

Miscellanies. 

Six letters from 

Mr. Clifford. 

Answer. 

Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn about 
surrender. 



A letter to Captain Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, 
inclosing to him her Majesty's foresaid order for repealing the 
said Act, was signed. 

May 2. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 1st of March upon a 
representation [fo. 291] of the same date relating to recruits for 
New Yorke, refering the same to the Lord High Treasurer, was 
read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 29th of March upon a 
representation of the same date [fo. 345], approving Colonel Park's 
commission for the government of the Leeward Islands, was 
read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 5th of Aprill upon a 
representation of the same date [fo. 351] approving Colonel Nott's 
commission for the government of Virginia, was read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 23rd of Aprill upon 
representation of the 20th ditto [Jo. 364, 377], with new seals and 
warrants for using the same in the plantations, approving the said 
representation, was read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 23rd of Aprill, upon a 
representation of the 20th ditto [fo. 365], approving the draught of 
Colonel Nott's instructions for the government of Virginia, was 
read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 26th of Aprill upon a 
representation of the same date [fo. 369], relating to a new 
lieutenant for the company of soldiers at Bermuda, approving the 
same, was read. 

The secretary acquainted the Board that her Majesty had not 
signed the additional instructions to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 370, 
377], relating to his government of New Jersey, the additional 
instruction to Colonel Seymour relating to the settling of ports 
in Maryland, nor the warrants for using the new seals in the 
plantations ; whereupon their lordships immediatly writ a 
letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, desiring him to lay the said 
instructions and warrants before her Majesty that, if possible, 
they may be sent by Colonel Nott, who is now gone to imbark 
on board one of the convoys for Virginia. 

Six letters from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 319, 379], dated the 
17th and 26th of March, the 17th, 20th and 30th of Aprill, and 
1st instant, were read, and a letter thereupon writ to Mr. Clifford 
in answer thereunto. 

Mr. Penn attending, his papers mentioned in yesterday's minutes 
to have been received from Mr. Clement [fo. 370, 386], were again 
read and returned to Mr. Penn for a further explanation. 



May 3rd. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Virginia. \ letter from Mr. Thompson, Attorney General of Virginia, 

Attorney General \-in- m vindication of Colonel Nicholson, being now received, was read. 

Heating the Governor, 



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133 



Mr. John Bennet having acquainted the Board that he was 
informed by letters from his brother, the Lieutenant Governor of 
Bermuda, that Mr. Jones continued still to reflect and asperse 
his said brother, a letter was ordered to be writ by the Secretary 
to the said Jones, admonishing him to forbear reflecting on the 
Governor, and to live peacefully and respectfully with him. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon the Acts past at Barbados 
in March, 170£, and Aprill, 1702, as also the Acts themselves were 
read, and notes taken for a representation thereupon. 

A reference from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 24th of the last 
month, upon a petition of several merchants and manufacturers of 
tobacco, complaining of the proceedings of the contractors with 
the Czar of Muscovy, was read ; and thereupon ordered that 
Mr. Vaux [v. infra], secretary to the said contractors, be summoned 
to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

May 4. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Vaux [v. supra], secretary to the contractors with the Czar of 
Muscovy, attending, the petition of the merchants and manu- 
facturers of tobacco, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was again 
read ; and Mr. Vaux acquainted their lordships that about a year 
ago the contractors sent over so great a quantity of tobacco in 
leaf that they had above three thousand hogsheads remaining 
upon their hands (the Muscovites being now desirous of rowl'd 
tobacco) and could not dispose of the same unless it were spun 
and rowled up ; whereupon they had sent only one man and his 
wife to manufacture that tobacco and none else, and that they 
were desirous that the said man and his wife might be sent for back. 
He added that Mr. Joseph Martin and Mr. Robert Atwood had 
made a new contract with the Czar, by a clause of which they were 
obliged to send over manufacturers of tobacco ; but they were 
to be released from that clause upon oath made that they could not 
procure such manufacturers. Mr. Vaux was thereupon desired 
to attend the Board again on Tuesday morning next ; and ordered 
that Sir Jeoffry Jeoffries, Mr. Perry and other of the petitioners 
have notice to attend the Board at the same time \Jo. 378]. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst presented to their lordships a memorial, in 
answer to the petition of the Quakers [fo. 366, 398] against an Act 
of Connecticut mentioned in the minutes of the 17th of the last 
month [Jo. 360], which was read. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon the Acts past at Barbados 
in August, September, October and November, 1702, was read, 
and a progress made in considering the said Acts. 

May 8. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Maycock, Colonel Tyrrell, Mr. Lillington and Mr. Bernard 
attending, they communicated to their lordships the copy of an 
Order of Councill of the 23rd of the last month [/o. 344, 380], refering 
back to this Board the consideration of the complaints against 



1705. 

Bermuda. 

Mr. Bennet. 



Letter to Mr. Jones 
to forbear reflecting 
on the Governor. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Attorney 

General s report on 

Acts. 

Trade. 
Virginia. 

Reference from 

Mr. Secretary Harley 

about tobacco trade 

to Moscow. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Mr. Vaux about 

importation of 

tobacco at Moscow 

by contractors. 



Virginia merchants 
to be summon'd. 



Connecticut. 

Memorial from Sir 

H. Ashhurst upon 

Quakers' petition. 

Barbados. 

Acts. 



Barbados. 

Complaints to be 
reconsidered. 



134 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1.376-378. 



1705. 



Copy of Sir Bevil 
Granvill's procla- 
mation against 
spreaders of false news. 



Plantations General. 
Jamaica. 

New seal. 



Maryland. 

Additional instruc- 
tion about ports. 

New Jersey. 

Additional instruc- 
tion about members 

of Assembly. 

Plantations General. 

Warrants for new 

seals. 

Sent to the 

Postmaster Generall. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Merchants about 

manufacturing 

tobacco in Muscovy. 



Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, and desired to know 
whether their lordships had received the original order and 
papers refer 'd to therein, who were acquainted that the Board 
had not received the same. Whereupon Mr. Bernard went to 
Sir John Stanley, who, coming to the Board, acquainted their 
lordships that the reason of his not producing the said papers was 
that they were busy in minuting the same, which they intended to 
lay before the Board on Thursday morning next. 

Then Mr. Lillington communicated to their lordships the copy 
of a proclamation by Sir Beville Granville against the spreaders of 
false and malicious reports, as also the copy of Sir Beville 
Granville's order to the Postmaster of Barbados, relating to the 
delivering out of letters upon their arrival there by the packet 
boat, which were read. 

Mrs. Furnese presented to the Board a new seal for the island 
of Jamaica ; whereupon [fo. 383, 418] the secretary was ordered to 
give her a receipt for all the seals he has lately received from her 
[fo. 371 &c. ; K. fo. 303] viz. :— For New Hampshire, the 
Massachusets Bay, New Yorke, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, 
Jamaica, Barbados, the Leeward Islands and Bermuda. 

The additional instructions to Colonel Seymour, Governor of 
Maryland, relating to ports, and to the Lord Cornbury [Jo. 372 ; 
K. (fo.) 108] relating to his government of New Jersey, as also her 
Majesty's warrants to all the Governors in America, except Jamaica, 
for using of new seals, being now received from Mr. Secretary Hedges ; 
ordered that the said instructions, with the warrants and seals for 
the governments on the continent be inclosed to Colonel Nott, 
Governor of Virginia [fo. 391], and that all be sent to the Postmaster 
Generall with the desire of the Board that they be sent to Plymouth 
by a safe conveyance to be delivered to the said Colonel Nott 
on board the Kingston man-of-war, when that ship shall arrive 
there. 

Sir Jeffry Jeffries, Mr. Perry, Mr. Paggen, Mr. Corbin and other 
Virginia merchants attending [fo. 375], and being acquainted with 
what Mr. Vaux, secretary to the contractors with the Czar of 
Muscovy, had said at the last meeting ; they answered that 
though there was but one man and his wife sent over to manufacture 
the tobacco there, yet that was sufficient to teach that trade to the 
Czar's subjects ; that the tobacco now there was so old and tough 
that it could not be spun and rowled without being mixt with 
Circatia tobacco, which was evidently a detriment to the Virginia 
and Maryland trade ; and the}^ affirmed that great quantities of 
tools for that manufacture had been sent over to Muscovy, and 
therefore they insisted that the said man and his wife ought to 
be sent for home, and the tools brought away with them. And in 
order thereunto they desired that the contractors themselves 
[fo. 381], viz. :— Mr. Edward Haistwell, Mr. Nathaniel Gould, 
Mr. William Dawson and Mr. Samuel Heathcote be o rdered to attend 
the Board on Thursday morning next, as also that the new contractors 
with the Czar, mentioned in the minutes of the 4th instant, 
have notice to attend at the same time, which was ordered 
accordingly. 



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135 



A memorial from Mr. Dockwra proposing Mr. Sonmans to be of 
the Couneill of New Jersey [fo. 357, 393] was read ; whereupon their 
lordships agreed to take that matter into consideration on Thursday 
morning next. 

May 9. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 21st of 
the last month [fo. 365, 383], desiring to know wherein Mr. Raworth 
had not complyed with the literal sense of her Majesty's licence for 
two merchant ships with a convoy to go to the Canaries, was agreed 
and ordered to be transcribed. 

An Order of Couneill of the 3rd instant upon the petition of 
Jeronomy Clifford, recommending the said Clifford [fo. 372] to the 
Lord High Treasurer for some allowance towards his subsistence 
whilst his difference with the Dutch relating to Surinam is depending, 
and directing the Board to press the persons to whom Mr. Clifford's 
accounts are refer'd to hasten their report thereupon [fo. 381], 
was read, and ordered that the secretary write to Mr. Shepherd 
and Gardner accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 4th instant, inquiring 
the reasons for putting the command of the garrison and soldiers 
at Newfoundland into the hands of the Commadore of the convoy, 
and what inconvenience may arise if the same be not done, was 
read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto 
[fo- 384]. 

May 10. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir John Stanley with the Barbados agents and Colonel Maycock, 
Mr Bernard and other complainants attending, Sir John Stanley 
presented to their lordships an Order of Couneill of the 23rd of the 
last month [fo. 376, 384], refering to the Board a book under 
the seal of the island of Barbados, containing an answer to the first 
complaints of the absenting members of Assembly and of the 
suspended counsellors, with several other papers therein refer'd to, 
and an index to the whole ; whereupon Mr. Maycock and 
Mr. Bernard desired that they might have copies of the said index, 
that they might be apprised of what was contained in the said 
book, and also copies of anything therein contained, as they may 
see occasion ; but they were acquainted that the Board themselves 
would first inspect the book, and then order them copies of whatever 
they might require. 

Mr. Samuel Shepherd and Mr. John Gardner [fo. 379] presented 
to the Board their observations upon Mr. Jeronomy Clifford's 
accounts refer'd to them the 2nd of March, 170 J ; whereupon 
ordered that the said accounts be sent to Mr. Clifford [fo. 386] for 
his perusal. 

Mr. Haistwell, Mr. William Dawson and Mr. Samuel Heathcote, 
[fo. 378, 385], contractors with the Czar of Muscovy, attending, the 
petition of the merchants and manufacturers of tobacco mentioned 
in the minutes of the 3rd instant, was again read ; whereupon 
they acquainted their lordships that they had been so careful of 



1705. 
New Jersey. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Dockwra about Mr. 

Sonman's being of 

the Couneill. 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

Raworth. 



Miscellanies. 

Order of Couneill. 
Clifford's petition. 



Letter to the 

merchants about his 

accounts. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about command of 
the garrison. 



Barbados. 

Agents with Order of 

Couneill refering to 

Sir Bevil Granville's 

answer to first 

complaints. 



Miscellanies. 

Mr. Shepherd's, <tc.'s 

(sic) observations on 

Mr. Clifford's 

accounts. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Merchants about 
manufacturing 
tobacco in Muscovy. 



136 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 381-384. 



1705. 



New contract for 

importing tobacco 

into Muscovy. 



Memorial from Mr. 

Perry &c. about ill 
consequence of 
manufacturing 

tobacco in Muscovy. 

Jamaica. 

Representation 
with new seal. 

Leeward Islands. 

Representation with 

Colonel Park's 

instructions. 

Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about 

Canary merchants. 



the Virginia and Maryland trade, that in their contract with the 
Czar of Muscovy they had inserted a clause whereby the Czar was 
obliged to destroy the Circassia tobacco, but that he had not 
observed the same, for, upon pretence that he stood in need of the 
Circassian, he durst not destroy their tobacco, but promised how- 
ever that it should be used only in their own country ; that in 
pursuance of their own contract they had sent over five thousand 
hogsheads the first year, and finding that after two years there was 
but 1,000 sold, and their factors informing them that it would be 
lost if not made up into rolls, and hearing of a man and his wife 
expert in that manufacture who (by reason of his debts) was 
running away to Narva, they agreed with him and sent him over to 
Moscow to spin and roll the remainder of their tobacco there, and 
none other, which is privately in their own houses ; so that the 
Muscovites cannot learn their mystery ; that there is no Circassia 
tobacco mixed with what they have there, and that they will do 
all that in them lies to bring back the said man and his wife and 
tools, so soon as they shall have done the work they were sent for. 
Whereupon they were desired to bring to the Board in writing 
[fo. 387] what they thought fit to propose in order lo the bringing 
the said man home, which they promised to do accordingly so soon 
as Mr. Gould, who was equally concerned with them, shall come 
to town, which they expect will be in a few days. And they added 
that they would willingly comply with whatever method the Board 
should think fit. 

Then Mr. Joseph Martin and Mr. George Morley attending, 
communicated to their lordships a new contract which their corres- 
pondents at Moscow had lately made with the Czar for importing 
tobacco, by a clause of which they were obliged to send over men 
to spin and roll tobacco, with a certain quantity of liquor for that 
purpose ; but they were to be excused from that clause upon their 
signification by a notarial act that they could not procure such 
men &c, and therefore they said that as they were convinced that 
clause was prejudicial to the interest of England they should be 
glad that her Majesty would be pleased to interpose her authority 
in forbidding them to send men as aforesaid ; and they thought 
that her Majesty's Order in Councill for that purpose would be 
sufficient to excuse them from that clause. However, he desired 
to be excused from putting anything of this matter in writing. 

Mr. Perry and other Virginia merchants attending, presented to 
their lordships a memorial containing what they had to offer for 
preventing the ill consequences that may arise from manufacturing 
tobacco in Muscovy. 

A rejiresentation to her Majesty with a new seal and warrant 
for the island of Jamaica [fo. 377, 418 ; K. fo. 43], was signed. 

A representation with Colonel Park's instructions relating to 
his government of the Leeward Islands [fo. 344 ; K. fo. 43], as also 
relating to the Acts of trade, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 21st of 
the last month [fo. 379], relating to Mr. Raworth and the Canary 
merchants, was signed. 



I. 384-387.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



137 



May 16. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter in answer to Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter of the 
4th instant [fo. 380, 401], relating to the putting of the command 
of the garrison at Newfoundland into the hands of the Commodore 
during his stay there, was agreed and signed. 

May 22. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the book delivered to 
the Board the 10th instant [fo. 380, 38G] by the agents of 
Barbados as a vindication of Sir Beville Granville, and read the 
answer of the Councill and Assembly of that island to the first 
petitions of the four suspended counsellors and absenting members 
of the Assembly ; as also the narrative of occurrences in Barbados 
for two years, contained in the said book ; and thereupon ordered 
that the agents of Barbados have notice to attend the Board 
to-morrow morning. 

Mr. Perry with several Virginia merchants attending, and desiring 
to know what resolution the contractors with the Czar of Muscovy 
[fo. 381] had taken for bringing back the man and his wife and 
tools they had sent to Moscow for spinning and rolling tobacco 
there, they were acquainted that those gentlemen had promised 
to send their answer in writing, but had not yet done it. Where- 
upon Mr. Perry and the other merchants desired their lordships to 
press the said contractors to a speedy resolution, for they only 
sought delays till they could perfect another new contract with 
the Czar ; and thereupon ordered that letters be writ to them 
accordingly [fo. 387, 388]. 

May 23. Present :— Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Three letters from Mr Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 381], dated the 
12th and 20th instant, relating to his accounts, were read ; where- 
upon a representation [fo. 387] was agreed to by their lordships for 
laying before her Majesty the report received from Mr. Shepherd 
and Mr. Gardner the 10th instant, upon the said Clifford's accounts, 
and ordered to be transcribed. 

Mr. Penn attending, presented to the Board a draught of a patent 
[fo. 373, 388], upon the granting of which he is willing to surrender 
the government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty, which was read. 

Mr. Bernard and Mr. Lillington attending [fo. 384, 399], and 
desiring copies of such papers as might relate to the four suspended 
counsellors of Barbados, they were acquainted that, so soon as 
the Board had gone through in reading the book and papers lately 
transmitted by Sir Beville Granville, and refer'd to them by an 
Order of Councill (as mentioned in the minutes of the 10th instant) 
their lordships would give them notice thereof, and then order 
them such copies as they should require. 

A letter from Mr. Gould [fo. 382, 385, 408] of yesterday's date, 
inclosing a memorial signed by himself and three other gentlemen 
concerned in the contract made with the Czar of Muscovy for the 



1705. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about 

the Commadore's 

commanding at land. 



Barbados. 

Book in defence of 

the Governor under 

consideration. 



The agents to be 
summoned. 

Trade. 
Virginia. 

Merchants about man 
and woman rolling 
tobacco at Moscow. 



Letter to the 
new contractors. 



Miscellanies. 

Three letters from 
Mr. Clifford. 

Representation with 

Mr. Shepherd's and 

Gardner's report. 

Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's patent 

on which he would 

surrender. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Bernard about 

copies of papers. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Letter from Mr. 

Gould with memorial 

about contract with 

the Czar. 



138 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1.387-389. 



1705. 

Draught of 
representation. 



Miscellanies. 

Representation with 

Mr. Shepherd die's 

report on Clifford's 

accounts. 

Trade. 
Virginia. 

Representation. 

Tobacco trade to 

Muscovy. 

Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn about 

draught of his patent 

of surrender. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

New contractors ab ut 

importation of 

tobacco to Moscow. 



Letter to Mr. Vaux 

about persons' names 

sent to Muscovy. 



importation of tobacco into his dominions ; whereupon their 
lordships took into consideration the draught of a report [v. infra] 
in pursuance of a reference from Mr. Secretary Harley (as mentioned 
in the minutes of the 3rd instant), and made some progress therein. 

May 24. Present : — Mr. Oecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation [fo. 386, 397 ; K. fo. 23] for laying before her 
Majesty the report of Mr. Shepherd and Mr. Gardner upon 
Mr. Clifford's accounts, was sign'd. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the draught of 
a representation [v. supra and 389] relating to the tobacco trade 
to Muscovy, and made a further progress therein. 

Mr. Penn attending, and desiring that the draught of a new 
patent [fo. 386, 392] which he presented to the Board yesterday 
might be dispatch'd, and the said draught returned to him for his 
making some alteration therein, a copy thereof was ordered to be 
taken, and the original to be returned accordingly ; and their 
lordships at the same time acquainted him that they would take 
the said draught into consideration with all speed. 

Mr. Martin and others attending according to appointment 
[fo. 385], their new contract with the Czar of Muscovy for the 
importation of tobacco to Russia &c, was read, and a copy taken 
of that article obliging them to send thither several persons, cutters 
and rollers, and other materials proper for the manufacturing of 
tobacco in the Czar's dominions. Mr. Martin said his son and 
two other factors now at Moscow had made this new contract with 
some of the Burgomasters there (in the name of the Czar) without 
the privity or consent of their principals here. Mr. Martin added 
that he did not believe the persons did design any prejudice to the 
Virginia and Maryland trade ; but, at the same time, declared that, 
as he had not sent over any persons or instruments for cutting and 
rolling of tobacco to Russia since the making of this contract, so 
he would not send any ; and that he did submit that the Board 
might represent this matter so as that an order might issue from 
her Majesty to forbid the contractors to proceed any further in 
this undertaking, otherwise they could not avoid complying with 
the articles of the said contract to that effect. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Vaux, secretary to the 
contractors with the Czar of Muscovy [fo. 390] to know the name 
of the man and his wife sent thither to spin and rowl the leaf tobacco 
now there. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Draught of repre- 
sentation about 
tobacco trade to 
Moscow. 



May 25. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A further progress was made in the draught of a representation 
[fo. 387, 390] upon the petition of the Virginia merchants, relating 
to the manufacturing of tobacco in Muscovy. 



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139 



May 26. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The representation mentioned in yesterday's minutes relating 
to the tobacco trade to Russia [fo. 389], as also a letter to 
Mr. Secretary Harley inclosing the same, were signed. 



Colonel Park attending, and desiring a copy of the list of the 
counsellors' names inserted in the late Sir William Matthew's 
instructions, a copy thereof was ordered to be given him 
accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Vaux, secretary to the contractors with the 
Czar of Muscovy, in answer to one writ him the 24th instant [fo. 389], 
about the names of the man and his wife sent to Moscow, was 
read. 



1705. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Representation on 

tobacco trade to 

Moscow. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Harley therewith. 

Leeward Islands. 

Copy of counsellors' 

names in Colonel 
Matthew's instruc- 
tions given to Colonel 
Park. 

Trade. 
Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Vaux 

about name of the 

man and woman sent 

to Moscow 1 . 



May 30. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that the commission for trying of pirates in Newfound- 
land be sent to Mr. Burchet, with the desire of the Board that it 
be transmitted to the Commodore of the convoy there, with 
directions that he leave the same with the commanding officer of the 
garrison at his departure from thence. 

A letter from Colonel Nott, dated in Plymouth Sound the 
19th instant, acknowledging the receipt of the Virginia seal sent 
him with the secretary's letter of the 8th instant [fo. 377], as also 
a packet for Colonel Seymour, in which were inclosed the seals of 
Maryland, New Jersey, New Yorke, the Massachusets and New 
Hampshire, was read. 

Letters to Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, and 
Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, inclosing her 
Majesty's seals for those islands, and warrants authorizing the use 
thereof, were signed. 

An Order of Councill of the 17th instant, transmitting to this 
Board an account of goods, bullion &c, exported from the Port of 
London by the managers of the united trade of the English company 
trading to the East Indies, between Aprill, 1704, and April], 1705, 
was read. 

A memorial in the name of Colonel Yeamans, relating to his 
salary as Lieutenant Governor of Antegoa, was read, and thereupon 
ordered that those who apply in his behalf be acquainted that 
their first application must be to the Lord High Treasurer, and 
that, if it be refer'd to this Board, their lordships will report their 
opinion thereupon. 

The draught of a new patent presented to the Board by Mr. Perm 
the 23rd instant [fo. 388 and infra] was again read and considered, 
and several notes made thereupon. 



Newfoundland. 

Commission for 

trying pirates sent 

to Mr. Burchet. 



Virginia. 

Letter front Colonel 

Nott about receipt 

of the seal for 

Virginia. 

Maryland. 

New Jersey. 

New York. 

Massachusets. 

New Hampshire. 

Barbados. 

Bermuda. 

Letters to the 

Governors with seals 

and warrants. 



Trade. 

Order of Councill with 
account of goods and 
bullion exported by 
East India Company. 

Antegoa. 

Memorial from 

Colonel Yeamans 

about payment of his 

salary as Lieutenant 

Governor. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's patent. 

Notes thereon. 



140 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS 



[I. 392-395. 



1705. 



Pennsylvania. 

Notes on Mr. Perm's 

patent. 

New Jersey. 

Mr. Sonmans to be 
of the Council!. 



Virginia. 

Letters from Colonel 
Nicholson. 

Public papers. 



Extract of Mr. 

Beverley's letters sent 

to the Council. 

Virginia. 

Letters from Colonel 
Nicholson, &c. 



May 31. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The notes upon Mr. Penn's new patent [v. supra and 398], 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes, were agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

Ordered that in the next letter to the Lord Cornbury he be 
acquainted with Mr. Dockwra's desire that Mr. Sonmans be of the 
Councill of New Jersey [/o- 378], and that their lordships are inclinable 
to gratify him therein if his lordship hath no objection thereunto. 

A letter from Colonel Nicholson of the 30th of October last to 
the Board, together with the following papers therein refer'd 
to were read, viz. : — 

1. Copy of a proclamation for prorogueing the Assembly to the 
18th Aprill, 1705, dated the 23rd of October, 1704. 

2. Copy of Mr. Robert Beverly's letter and narrative and 
proceeding thereon in Councill, September 28th, 1704. 

3. Copy of the proceedings of the grand jury upon Mr. Beverly's 
letters &c. 

4. Copy of the proceedings in Councill and General Court con- 
cerning Mr. Selden and Beverly &c, dated the 8th August, 16th, 
19th and 21st October, 1704. 

5. Copy of the proceedings relating to the tryal and condemnation 
&c. of some Nansiatico Indians for the murder of Mr. Rowley and 
his family. 

Ordered that an extract of Mr. Beverly's letters relating to his 
tryal before a committee of the Privy Councill be sent to the Clerk 
of the Councill in waiting to be laid before my Lord President. 

The following letters from Colonel Nicholson, with the papers 
therein refer'd to, were laid before the Board and are as follows : — 

Letter from Colonel Nicholson, Governor of Virginia, to the Board, 
dated the 1st March, 170|. 

Copy of a commission to Colonel John Smith to be Quarter-Master 
General of all the counties between the rivers of New Yorke and 
Rappahanock. 

Minutes of Councill from the 8th of August, 1704, to the 
10th February, 170|. 

Letter from Colonel Nicholson, Governor of Virginia, to the 
Board, dated the 2nd of March, 170f . 

Copies of several proclamations issued in Virginia from the 
28th June, 1704, to the 15th December following. 

Copy of Mr. Auditor Bird's will &c. 

Mr. Auditor Bird's accounts of the two shillings per hogshead 
from the 25th Aprill to the 25th October, 1704 ; as also the state 
of the revenue in his hands at the time of his decease. 

Letter from Colonel Nicholson to the Board, dated the 3rd of 
March, 170f. 

A remonstrance from the clergy of Virginia to the Board in 
favour of Colonel Nicholson &c. 

Copies of several addresses from the clergy of Virginia, viz. : — 
To her Majesty upon the late victory &c, to the Bishop[s] of 
Canterbury and London, and the other to the Governor in his 
favour. 



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141 



Copies of two reports from Sir Edward Northey, the one dated 
the 7th of Aprill, 1702, the other the 29th July, 1703, relating to the 
clergy of Virginia with a list of them &c. 

Copy of a certificate of the rector and seven of the trustees and 
governors of the colledge of Virginia about Colonel Nicholson's 
presenting papers &c. in order to justify himself from the charge 
against him relating to the said colledge. 

Copy of the proceedings of Councill about Colonel Lightfoot and 
Colonel Carter's asserting things found otherwise in the journals of 
Councill. 

Copies of all letters &c. relating to Captain Teate, Commander of 
her Majesty's ship the Strombulo ; as also copies of the commissions 
for the holding a Court of Admiralty on the condemnation of several 
prize goods. 

Letter from Colonel Nicholson, Governor of Virginia, to the 
Board, dated the 6th of March, 170*. 

Extract of one of the late Archbishop Tillotson's sermons &c. 

A ballad dispersed in Virginia about Colonel Nicholson and 
Commissary Blair. 



1705. 



June 1. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Patrick Mein to know whether 
he intends to return to Barbados [fo. 397], and when he will be 
ready to goe. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston, signifying that he has now some 
money in his hands to be sent to Newfoundland for the soldiers 
there, and desiring a letter to the Admiralty for orders to the 
captain of the convoy to receive the same money on board his 
ship, was read, and a letter ordered to be writ accordingly [fo. 397]. 

June 5. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows,. Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 4th, in answer to one writ him 
the 1st instant [Jo. 396], relating to the sending of money for the 
soldiers at Newfoundland by the captain of the convoy now bound 
thither, was read and communicated to Mr. Thurston. 

A letter from Mr. Patrick Meinc, in answer to one writ him the 
1st instant [fo. 396] signifying his intensions to return to Barbados, 
was read. 

A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford, desiring copies of the report 
of Mr. Shepherd and Gardner, and of the representation [fo. 387] 
of this Board relating to the difference between him and the Dutch 
at Surinam, and further desiring to know what was done last 
Councill in his affair, was read ; and ordered that he be acquainted 
that the Board do not give copies of their representations till they 
have been read to her Majesty, and that they do not know what 
was done in Councill. 

Mr. John Field and Mr. Joseph Wyeth presented to the Board 
a reply to Sir Henry Ashhurst's answer to their petition relating to 
an Act of Connecticut [fo. 375, 416], which was read, and a copy 
thereof ordered to be sent to Sir Henry Ashhurst. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. Mein 

about his return to 

Barbados. 

Mewfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Thurston about 

mony for the 

soldiers. 

Letter to Mr. 

Burehet thereupon. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Burehet about 
money for soldiers. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Mr. Meine 
about his return. 

Miscellanies. 
Letter from Mr. 
Clifford for em ac- 
count of his affaire. 



Connecticut. 

Mr. Field &c. reply 
to Sir H. Ashhurst 

ab r .ut Act against 
Quakers. 



142 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1.398-400. 



1705. 
Leeward Islands. 

Memorial from 

Colonel Park about 

recruits, &c. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's draught 
of surrender. 

Observations on 
his new patent. 

New Yorke. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Knight about death 

of Attorney General, 

and desiring to 

succeed him. 

Letter to Attorney 

General here 

thereupon. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about 

recruits and Colonel 

Park's passage. 



Barbados. 

Mr. May cock, &c. 

about copies of papers 

in justification of the 

Governor. 



A memorial from Colonel Park, relating to recruits for the 
regiment in the Leeward Islands, was read ; and ordered that the 
books be searched to see what was done in the last and this present 
war, in relation to the sending soldiers to the said islands ; and 
Colonel Park was acquainted that the Board would take his 
memorial into consideration to-morrow morning [fo. 399]. 

Mr. Penn presented to the Board the draught of a surrender of 
his government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty [fo. 392], which 
was read. And their lordships then delivered to him their 
observations upon the draught of a new patent [fo. 400], which he 
presented to the Board the 23rd of the last month. 

A memorial of Mr. John Knight, signifying the death of 
Mr. Broughton, Attorney General of New Yorke, and praying to 
be recommended for the said place was read ; whereupon ordered 
that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorny General for his opinion 
therein. 

June 6. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Park's memorial mentioned in yesterday's minutes 
[fo. 398] relating to the regiment in the Leeward Islands and to his 
passage thither, was again read, and a letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges desiring him to lay the same before her Majesty with the 
opinion of this Board that five hundred men at least are necessary 
for the security of the said islands, was signed. 

Mr. Heysham, Mr. Maycock, Mr. Lillington and several other 
Barbadoes gentlemen [fo. 386] attending, and desiring to know what 
resolution their lordships had taken upon the book lately presented 
to them by the agents of Barbados as a vindication of Sir Beville 
Granville ; they were acquainted that the Board had perused the 
said book and found but little new matter therein, and therefore 
expected from the agents a memorial [fo. 400], marking out such 
places as they laid any stress upon for the Governor's justification, 
and that then those gentlemen shou'd have copies of the said 
memorial and papers therein refer'd to. 



Barbados. 

Memorial in behalf 

of the Governor by 

the agents. 



Copy of a letter from 

Captain Windsor 
about impressing Lee. 



June 7. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir John Stanley, Mr. Holder and Colonel Cleland, agents of 
Barbados [fo. 399, 402], presented to their lordships a memorial 
refering to such places in the book lately received from them as 
they thought of consequence to the vindication of Sir Beville 
Granville from the complaints against him ; which was read, and 
copies thereof ordered to be sent to the complainants for their 
answer thereunto, with signification that they might have the 
perusal or copies of the papers therein refer'd to, if they found it 
necessary. 

Sir John Stanley further presented to the Board the copy of a 
letter from Captain Winelsor, relating to what Sir Bevill Granville 
said to Captain St. Lo when he (the said St. Lo) acquainted him 
with his having imprest Mr. Lee, which was read. 



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143 



A letter from Mr. Penn with his answer to the observations of the 
Board upon the draught of a new charter desired by him [Jo. 398, 
401], was read, and a progress made in the consideration thereof. 

June 8. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 4th instant, signifying 
her Majesty's pleasure that the Commadore of the convoy should 
not have any command or power over the land officers and forces 
at Newfoundland [fo. 384], and requiring the Board to prepare an 
instruction to the Commander-in-Chief of the forces and fort there, 
to permit the Commadore to inspect the stores, ammunition and 
provisions in it, and the condition of it, was read, and an answer 
thereunto inclosing the draught of such an instruction [fo. 404], 
was signed. 

Mr. Perm attending [Jo. 400], their lordships entered again into 
the consideration of his papers mentioned in yesterday's minutes ; 
and their lordships not agreeing to the articles in the new grant 
desired by Mr. Penn, nor in particular to the expressions therein 
relating to liberty of conscience, which he said was at present 
provided for by the laws of that province, their lordships resolved 
to take the said laws into consideration [fo. 414] before they 
proceeded any further in examining the said grant. 

Mr. Heysham, Mr. Maycock, Mr. Lillington, with Mr. Bernard, 
solictor for the suspended counsellors, and several other Barbados 
gentlemen attending, acquainted their lordships that they had 
perused the Barbados agents' memorial mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes [fo. 400 and infra], as also the papers therein refer'd to, 
and that they found nothing material therein ; and did not, 
therefore, intend to trouble the Board with any reply to the said 
papers, except to such part thereof as their lordships should think 
of sufficient weight to occasion any alteration or addition to their 
report, nor did they desire copies of any thing else in the book. 
Whereupon they were told the Board would consider the said papers 
dehvered to the Board by the Barbados agents, and give them an 
answer on Wednesday morning next. 

June 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The secretary acquainted the Board that Mr. Bernard [v. supra 
and 403] had desired the copy of a paragraph in folio 49 of the 
book lately received from the agents of Barbados and refer'd 
in the said agents' last memorial, as also a copy of a paragraph 
in folio 48 (not therein refer'd to), together with Mr. Holder's 
deposition, folio 457 of the said book ; whereupon ordered that 
copies of the said papers be given him. 

Their lordship- having again perused and considered the last 
memorial [Jo. 400, 402, 405] given in by the agents of Barbados 
relating to Sir Seville Granville, and not finding anything observable 
therein, except a clause begining with these words " we also further 
observe," and ending with these words " by his deposition ; " 
ordered that the said memorial be sent to Mr. William Heysham 



1705. 
Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Penn 
with answer to 
observations on 

draught of new charter. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about command of 

the soldiers and 

garrison. 



Answer. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's surrender. 



Laws. 



Barbados. 
Complaints. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Bernard about 
copies of papers. 



Memorial of the 
agents under con- 
sideration. 



144 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [1.403-406. 



1705. 



Copies of papers sent 

to Mr. Heysham and 

Mr. Bernard. 

Observations on the 
Governor's arrival 
and about presents. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 

Instruction: about 

musters. 



and Mr. Bernard, with intimation to be communicated to the other 
persons concerned, that their lordships leave it to them to return 
an answer thereunto if they think fit, which they are in that case 
desired to do as soon as possible, that their lordships may dispatch 
their representation to her Majesty. 

And further ordered that the secretary give unto them copies 
of such papers of the foresaid book as they shall desire. 

In examining the foresaid papers their lordships observed that 
Sir Beville Granville arrived in Barbados the 10th of May, 1703 ; 
that the Assembly satt the 18th of the same month ; that Sir Beville 
Granville received her Majesty's order against taking of presents 
the 14th of June following ; that the 22nd of the said June the 
Assembly voted him a present of 2,000Z. (which he refused) ; that 
on the 12th of October, 1703, they voted him 600Z. to reimburse 
him the expences he had been at in sending out spy boats, receiving 
flaggs of truce and maintaining his servants &c, and on the 4th of 
January, 170|, they voted him 5001. to replenish his cellars. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 9th instant returning 
back the draught of an instruction sent him in the Board's letter of 
the 8th instant [fo. 401 et infra], for an addition to be made relating 
to the C'ommadore's taking the muster of the soldiers at Newfound- 
land, was read. 



Newfoundland. 

Draught of an instruc- 
tion for Captain 
Lloyd. Clause about 

muster roll. 
The settlements at 
Newfoundland des- 
troy'd by the French. 



Barbados. 
Complaints, <bc. 

Memorial in behalf 
of suspended coun- 
sellors. 



June 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The draught of an instruction for Captain Lloyd, pursuant to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter (mentioned in yesterday's minutes) 
[v. supra], was agreed, and a letter inclosing the same to him was 
signed. 

Captain Lloyd attending, acquainted their lordships that 
Mr. Collin Campbell [fo. 408] was arrived from Newfoundland, and 
had brought an account that in February last the French with the 
Indians, to about 4 or 500 in number, had attacked our settlements 
in Newfoundland, and had carryed off several of the inhabitants, 
but that the fort and the castle on the south side of St. John's 
harbour and an island in Carboniere had held out, and he promis'd 
to bring to-morrow a fuller account in writing. 

Mr. Heysham, Mr. Maycock, Mr. Lillington and Mr. Bernard, 
with the Barbados agents attending, Mr. Bernard presented to 
their lordships a memorial in behalf of the four suspended 
counsellors of Barbados, in answer to that paragraph of the 
Barbados agents last memorial [fo. 403, 407], which relates to the 
said counsellors, which was read. And Mr. Maycock acquainted 
their lordships that, having been out of town, he had not notice of 
yesterday's minutes till this day, and therefore was not prepared 
to answer the same in writing ; however, he said that as to the 
paragraph of the said memorial mentioned in yesterday's minutes, 
he could easily give an answer thereunto ; and particularly as to 
that part which relates to the 600?. said to be given for flaggs of 
truce, spy boats and for the expence in maintaining the Governor's 
servants &c, he said it was impossible that these articles could 



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FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



145 



1705. 



amount to such a summe ; for before the Governor's arrival there, 
a house sufficient for that purpose was taken, at the publick charge, 
for his reception untill a more convenient house could be provided, 
and there was but one flagg of truce that came there between his 
arrival and the vote for the 600?., which flagg of truce came at night 
and went away the next morning ; and that the Governor sent out 
but one spy boat in that time, which cost but 40L and was paid for by 
the Treasurer. Then as for the 5001. voted for his expence in wine 
&c. that, he said, was of the same nature ; for the Assembly had 
laid in wine to the value of about 250?. for his reception, so that there 
could not be 500L more expended in liquors between his arrival 
and the receipt of the Queen's order forbidding him to accept any 
presents, which was but about a month's time. Colonel Maycock 
then promised to put what he had said, and what he might have 
further to add, in writing [fo. 407], and to bring it to the Board 
to-morrow morning. And both the complainants and the 
Barbados agents signify'd their desire to rest the matter there, 
and desired of their lordships a speedy report. 

June 14. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston of the 8th instant, with an account 
of several particulars wanting for the soldiers at Newfoundland 
for the year 1705, was read, and a letter was immediatly writ by 
the secretary to Mr. Lowndes, desiring him to lay the said accounts 
before the Lord High Treasurer. 

Another letter from Mr. Thurston signifying that the cloathes 
for the soldiers at Newfoundland were sent to Portsmouth, and 
desiring that a letter may be writ to the Admiralty for orders to 
the Captain of the man-of-war bound to Newfoundland to receive 
the said cloaths on board, was read, and a letter writ by the 
Secretary to Mr. Burchet accordingly [fo. 409]. 

Colonel Maycock presented to the Board a memorial signed by 
John Kirton [fo. 405, 406, 410], in answer to the second paragraph 
of the Barbados agents' last memorial, according to his promise 
yesterday, which was read ; and their lordships resolved to take 
that matter into consideration to-morrow in the afternoon. 

Mr. Collin Campbell lately arrived from Newfoundland [fo. 405], 
acquainted their lordships that Monsieur Subercasse, Governor of 
Placentia, with 600 men (200 whereof were soldiers, 150 were 
Canadiens and Indians, the rest inhabitants of Placentia) came in 
January last, first to the Bay of Bulls, then to Petty Harbour, 
and then to St. John's, where they burnt and destroyed about 
120 houses and all stages and flakes there ; that they kill'd about 
30 persons at St. John's in cold blood ; that they attack'd the 
fort, but were repulsed by the soldiers, who are not above 70 at 
the most in number ; they lost in that attempt about 200 of their 
men, and we but three of our soldiers ; that they stay'd at 
St. John's till the 23rd of February, and then carry'cl away with 
them about 200 of our ablest young men ; that they in like manner 
ravaged the coast to the southward, and then crost over to 
Trinity Bay, where they were when he came away. And he promis'd 

Wt. 16557. K 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Thurston about 

necessaries for 

soldiers. 

Letter from Mr. 

Thurston about 

sending the soldiers 

clothing. 



Barbados. 

Complaints. 

Memorial from 

Colonel Maycock. 



Newfoundland. 

Mr. Campbell about 

an attempt of the 

French. 



146 



JOUENAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 408-411. 



1705. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Tobacco trade to 
Russia. 

Memorial from the 

contractors with the 

Czar. 



Draught of letter to 

Mr. Secretary Harley 

thereupon. 



Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Campbell about 

attempts of the 

French. 

Letter from Mr. 
Burchet that the men 
of war cannot carry 

the clothing, &c. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Harley about tobacco 
trade to Russia, dbc. 

Barbados. 

Report on complaints. 



New York. 

Memorials from Mr. 
Atwood for a certi- 
ficate about his salary. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from Captain 
Lloyd about the 
enemy's attempt 
against Newfound- 
land, &c. 



Barbados. 

Acts. 



to bring to their lordships a full account of that matter [Jo. 409], 
as also of the state of Newfoundland, in writing to-morrow morning. 
Mr. Nathaniel Gould, Mr. Samuel Heathcote and Mr. William 
Dawson [fo. 387] contractors with the Czar of Muscovy, presented 
to their lordships a memorial, desiring that the man and woman 
at Moscow imployed in rowling and manufacturing tobacco there 
may not be immediatly recalled from thence nor their tools 
destroyed, but that some longer time may be allow'd them for 
finishing the work they have in hand, leaving it to Mr. Whitworth, 
her Majesty's Envoy there, to judge of the time requisite for that 
work, was read ; and the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley 
thereupon was agreed [fo. 410]. 

June 15. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from Mr. Collin Campbell [Jo. 410, 411], relating to 
the attempts made by the French in Newfoundland [Jo. 408, 412] 
(as prornis'd in yesterday's minutes), being now received, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet, signifying that the men-of-war are so 
much loaden that they cannot receive on board the cloathing for the 
soldiers at Newfoundland [Jo. 407], was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that Mr. Thurston have notice thereof, that he may endeavour 
to get the said cloathing sent by some of the sack ships now 
going thither. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley upon the memorial mentioned 
in yesterday's minutes [Jo. 409 ; K. fo. 226] to have been received 
from the contractors with the Czar of Muscovy, was signed. 

An additional report [Jo. 407 ; K. fo. 25] upon the complaints 
against Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, was signed. 

June 19. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Two memorials from Mr. Atwood, desiring a certificate of several 
particulars relating to his salary as Cheif Justice of New Yorke, 
were read, and the said certificate ordered to be given him 
accordingly. 

A letter from Captain Lloyd relating to the late attempts of the 
French upon Newfoundland [Jo. 409, 411, 412], and desiring their 
lordships' instructions for his future guidance, was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that Captain Lloyd have notice to attend the 
Board to-morrow morning. 

Their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the Acts past 
in Barbados between August and November, 1702 (part of which 
were read the 4th of May last), and went through the same. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon the Acts past at Barbados 
from the 23rd December, 1702, to the 21st January following, 
together with the Acts themselves, were read. 

Their lordships also read the Acts past at Barbados in 
December, 1703, and March, 170f. 



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147 



Mr. Robert Heysham with his brother attending, presented to 
their lordships an Order of Councill of the 23rd of Aprill last, refering 
to this Board the petition of Richard Downes [fo. 350, 414], 
complaining that Sir Beville Granville had refused to admit him 
into the Councill, pursuant to her Majesty's letter in that behalf, 
which was read. And they further laid before their lordships an 
answer to the objections of the Governor and Councill of Barbados 
against the said Downs's being of the Councill ; whereupon 
their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration. 

Several Newfoundland merchants attending, presented to their 
lordships a petition upon occasion of the late attempts of the French 
upon Newfoundland [fo. 409, 410, 412], praying for a speedy re- 
inforcement of men, arms and ammunition, sufficient to defend the 
fortifyed places, and to suppress the enemy, which was read ; and 
they were acquainted that it was proper they shou'd first petition 
her Majesty in a thing of this nature, and that then, if her Majesty 
refer'd it to the Board, their lordships would give it all the dispatch 
imaginable. 



1705. 

Mr. Heysham, dkc. 
Order of Councill on 
the petition of Mr. 
Downs desiring to 
be admitted into the 
Councill. 

Answer to Governor' s 
objections against 
admitting the said 
. Downs. 

Newfoundland. 

Merchants about the 

late attempts of the 

French- 



June 20. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Captain Lloyd and Mr. Merrit attending, they presented to their 
lordships a memorial from Mr. Richard Sampson (who was a servant 
to Mr. Collin Capbell {sic), and came over from Newfoundland in the 
same ship with him), giving an account of the destruction lately 
made by the French on the English settlements at Newfoundland, 
and differing in several particulars from the information already 
received from Mr. Campbell [fo. 409, 413], was read ; and 
Captain Lloyd being askt several questions, ho said that the 
French had spared four houses at St. John's, viz. : Mr. Benger's, 
Mr. Coleworth's, Mr. Fletchers', and Mr. Collin Campbell's, and 
that they had also left seven cattle belonging to one Greasy (a Jersey 
man), and he added that he had seen in Mr. Campbell's hands 
a bond from Lieutenant Moody to him, as also the said Moody's 
instructions to him upon his coming for England, by which it was 
plain that Mr. Campbell had not thrown all the papers overboard 
when he was taken by the French privateer ; whereupon a letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the aforesaid informations of 
Mr. Campbell and Mr. Sampson, with the Board's observations there- 
upon, and also inclosing the petition received yesterday from the 
Newfoundland merchants, desiring an additional force to be sent 
thither, was signed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. William Waine [K. fo. 1], 
Commander of the ship that brought Mr. Campbell from Newfound- 
land, now at Plymouth, desiring him to make affidavit of what he 
knows relating to the Late attempts of the French, as also of what 
happen'd to him in his voyage from Newfoundland, and that it 
be inclosed to Commissioner Greenhill at Plymouth. 



Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Sampson about 

attempts of the 

French. 



Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, with papers 
relating to New- 
foundland. 



Letter to Mr. Wain 

to make affidavit of 

what he knows about 

Newfoundland. 



June 21. Present: — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior, 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [I. 414-417. 



Barbados. 

Dowries' b petition. 



1705. 
Pennsylvania. A letter from Mr. Penn, desiring the Board to enter upon the 

LM ab! r u°ZwJ,'L enn consideration of the laws of Pennsylvania [fo. 401], was read. 
And Mr. Penn himself attending, said that if the said laws of 
Pennsylvania were once confirmed by her Majesty, there would 
be then less difficulty in agreeing what he desired as terms of 
surrender of his government to her Majesty ; but as Mr. Attorny 
General had made some objections to some of the said laws, he 
desired he might have them again with Mr. Attorny's report 
upon them, that he might attend him and be heard thereupon. 
Ordered that the said laws and report be delivered him 
accordingly. 

Their lordships took into consideration the petition of Mr. Downes, 
refer'd to this Board by Order of Councill of the 23rd of Aprill last 
[fo. 411, 415], and mentioned in the minutes of the 19th instant. 
They also read such part of the minutes of Councill of Barbados 
from the 26th of July, 1704, to the 12th of September following, 
as relate to the said Mr. Downes, and agreed to proceed further in 
the examining the said papers to-morrow. 

June 22. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the several papers 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes, relating to Mr. Downes of 
Barbados [fo. 414], and gave directions for preparing a draught of a 
representation thereupon [v. infra]. 

June 26. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Barbados. The draught of a representation [v. sityyra and 416] upon the 

Downes. ^Representa- petition of Mr. Downes, as directed the last meeting, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 



Barbados. 

Downes. 



tion. 



Connecticut. 

Memorial jrom Sir 

Henry Ashhurst in 

answer to Quakers' 

reply. 

Barbados. 

Representation on 
petition of Mr. Downes, 



New York. 

Letter from the Lord 
Cornbury about coin. 



June 27. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from Sir Henry Ashhurst in answer to the Quakers' 
reply to his memorial [fo. 398] relating to an Act of Connecticut 
entituled Hereticks &c, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the 
said memorial be sent to Mr. John Field and Mr. Wyeth for their 
answer [K. fo. 44]. 

A representation upon the petition of Mr. Downes of Barbados 
[fo. 415 ; K. fo. 25] (as mentioned in yesterday's minutes), was 
signed. 

The secretary acquainted the Board that he had received letters 
from the Lord Cornbury, from Colonel Dudley, from Mr. Usher, 
and from Mr. Evans, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 19th February last, 
relating to her Majesty's proclamation for settling the rate of 
foreign coins in the plantations, together with a memorial from 
the merchants of New Yorke to his lordship upon that subject, and 
a report from the Councill thereupon, were read. 

June 28. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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149 



A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 19th of February last, 
in answer to one writ him the 29th of June foregoing, relating 
to intelligence had by the French by letters taken on board ships 
coming from the plantations, and signifying his having observed 
the directions given him in relation thereunto, was read. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 25th of February last, 
relating cheifly to the death of several of the Councill there, and to 
his having put others into their places, was read. 

Minutes of the General Assembly of New Yorke from the 11th of 
October, 1704, to the 4th of November following, transmitted with 
the foregoing letters, were laid before the Board. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury, without date, relating to the 
salary payable in England to Doctor Bridges late Cheif Justice of 
New Yorke, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said letter 
be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be laid before the Lord Treasurer, for his 
lordship's directions therein. 

A letter to Colonel Handasyd inclosing a new seal for the island 
of Jamaica [Jo. 383 ; K./o. 43], together with her Majesty's warrant 
authorizing the use thereof, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges's of yesterday's date, refering 
to their lordships' consideration a petition from Colonel Richard 
Scot, one of her Majesty's Councill of Barbados, desiring her Majesty's 
leave to stay in England for the recovery of his health, till the 
first fleet goes next year, was read, and directions given for preparing 
an answer to Mr. Secretary thereupon [K. /o. 1]. 



1705. 
New York. 

Letter from the Lord 
Cornbury. 

Intelligence had in 
France. 

Letter from Lord 

Cornbury. 

Counsellors. 

Publick papers. 



Letter from the Lord 

Cornbury about 

salary of the late 

Cheif Justice. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to Colonel 

Handasyd with new 

seal. 

Barbados. 

Reference from Mr- 
Secretary Hedges on 
petition of Mr. Scot, 
one of the Councill. 



150 ) 



Journal of the proceedings of Her Majesty's 
Commissioners for promoting the trade of this 
Kingdom, and for inspecting and improving her 
plantations in America and elsewhere, from the third 
of July, 1705, to the twenty-ninth of November, 1706. 



K 



1705. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from Commis- 
sioner Greenhill with 
affidavit of Mr. Wain 
about attempts of the 
French, &c. 

Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about Col. Scot's 
longer stay in Eng- 
land. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Evans 

about rate of foreign 

coine. 

New York. 

Letter from the Lord 

Cornbury about the 

disobedience of the 

Proprietary 

Governments to the 

proclamation about 

coine. 

New England. 

Coin. 

Virginia. 

Coin. 

Letter to Mr. 

Attorney General 

about foreign coine. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Dummer about the 

Cotton sloop's being 

taken, &c. 



July 3. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Air. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Commissioner Greenhill at Plymouth together with 
an inclosed affidavit of William Wain, master of the sloop Friendship 
of Boston, giving an account of what he knew relating to the 
late attempt of the French on Newfoundland [/. fo. 413 ; fo. 10], 
were both read. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [I. fo. 418], in answer to his 
of the 27th of the last month, relating to Colonel Scot's desire of a 
licence for a longer stay in England, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. John Evans, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania 
dated the 13th of February last, relating to her Majesty's procla- 
mation [fo. 3], for settling the rate of foreign coins in the Plantations, 
was read. 

Then their lordships took into consideration the Lord Cornbury's 
letter of 19th of February last, and the papers therein refer'd to, 
relating to the disobedience shewn in the Massachusets Bay and 
other Proprietary Governments to her Majesty's proclamation 
for settling the rates of foreign coines in the Plantations [/. fo. 78]. 
They also read the first paragraph of a letter from Colonel Nicholson 
of the 3rd of March, 1704, upon the same subject ; and ordered 
that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General [Jo. 3] inclosing the 
foresaid papers, and desiring his opinion in point of law what method 
may be most proper for preventing or remedying the mischeifs 
ensuing from the disobedience to her Majesty's commands in this 
particular. 

A letter from Mr. Dummer giving an account of the taking the 
Cotton sloop (one of his packet boats), the 12th of Aprill last, by a 
French privateer near the Island of Nevis, and informing their 
lordships of the number of privateers at Martinico and the captures 
lately made by them, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a 
letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 4], inclosing to 
him an extract of Mr. Dummer's foresaid letter relating to the French 
privateers. 



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151 



July 4. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Attorney General [fo. 2, 67], relating to the dis- 
obedience of the Propriety (sic) Governments to her Majesty's 
proclamation for settling the rate of coin in the Plantations, as 
directed in yesterday's minutes, was agreed and ordered to be 
sent. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 3rd instant [fo. 5], 
refering to the Board a memorial from the Emperor's ministers 
here, relating to the carrying our English manufactures through 
Germany into Turkey, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a 
translation of the said memorial be made. 

Ordered that Mr. Docmenique and Mr. Dockwra be writ to to 
attend the Board [fo. 9], in order to inquire of them about 
Mr. Townley, recommended by the Lord Cornbury to be one of 
the Councill of New Jersey. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 3], inclosing an extract of 
Mr. Dummer's letter mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was 
signed. 

July 5. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took again into consideration the Lord Cornbury's 
letters which were read the 27th and 28th of the last month ; and his 
lordship acquainting the Board in his letter of the 25th February 
that he had admitted Mr. Roger Mompesson, Mr. John Barbarie 
and Mr. Adolphus Philips into the Councill of New Yorke ; ordered 
that a representation be prepared [fo. 7] for offering to her Majesty 
that her Majesty be pleased to confirm the said three counsellors. 

Upon consideration of the Imperial Minister's memorial men- 
tioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 3], ordered that the Governor or 
Deputy Governor of the Turkey Company have notice to attend 
the board to-morrow morning [fo. 7]. 

A letter from my Lord Cornbury of the 19th February last [fo. 1 10] 

relating to his government of New Jersey, was read, and the papers 

therein refer'd to laid before the Board, which are as follows, vizt. : 

Minutes of the General Assembly from the 13th of November, 

1704, to the 12th of December following, relating cheifly to 

Acts past in this Session. 
Several Acts past at a General Assembly held in December, 

1704. 
And thereupon ordered that copy of paragraph H, which relates 
to the want of Statute books in New Jersey and New York, be 
sent to Mr. Lowndes, and that he be desired to move the Lord High 
Treasurer that this Board may have half a dozen complete 
collections of the Statutes, in order to be dispersed in the Plantations, 
as there may be occasion. Further ordered that copies of 
paragraphs K and L relating to fines, forfeitures and escheats, 
and to the appointing Rangers of the woods, together with the 
grants of the Jerseys to the Proprietors, and their surrender to her 



1705. 



New Yorke. 

Letter to Mr. 
Attorney General about 
disobedience of the Pro- 
priety (sic) Governments 
to the proclamation re- 
lating to coin. 

Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Harleij with 
the memorial of Em- 
peror's Ministers 
about trade to Turkey. 

New Jersey. 

Letter to Mr. 

Docmenique &c. about 

a new counsellor. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with extract of Mr. 

Dummer's letter about 

Cotton sloop. 



New York. 

Lord Cornbury's 
letters. 



Representation for 
three new counsellors. 

Trade. 

Memorial from ye 

Emperor's envoy. 

Summons to the 

Governor of the 

Turkey Comjmny. 

New Jersey. 

Letter from the 
Lord Cornbury. 

Publick Papers. 



Letter to Mr. 
Lowndes for collec- 
tions of Statutes. 



Extract of Lord 
Cornbury's letter 
about fines — appoint- 
ing Rangers &c. sent 
to Mr. Attorney 
General. 



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[K 6-8. 



1705. 



Newfoundland. 

Proposal from the 

town of Pool about 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 
with proposals of the 
Newfoundlayid mer- 
chants. 



Copies thereof sent 

to the Mayors of 

several Western Ports 

for their answer. 



Merchants sum- 
moned. 



New Yorke. 

Representation for 
three new counsellors. 



Trade. 

To Turkey through 
Germany. 



Abstract of Imperial 
Minister' s Memorial 
sent to Mr. Faulkner, 

treasurer of Turkey 
Company. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Penn 
about laws, &z. 



New York. 

Mr. Bohun and Mr. 

Broughton's petitions 

for Attorney General's 

place. 



Majesty ; as also that clause of her Majesty's instructions to the 
Lord Combury [fo. 72], relating to fines, forfeitures, and escheats, 
be sent to Mr. Attorney General, and his opinion desired whether 
such fines, forfeitures and escheats belong to her Majesty or the 
Proprietors, and whether the appointing of Rangers of the woods 
be in her Majesty or the said Proprietors. 

Mr. Collin Campbell presented to the Board some proposalls 
from the town of Pool, relating to the security of Newfoundland, 
which was read. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of yesterday's date, inclosing 
some proposalls of the Newfoundland merchants here, and refering 
to their lordships that part thereof which relates to the putting 
the inhabitants under a civill and military government, and directing 
the Board to prepare a scheme for such a settlement accordingly, 
as also instructions for the Commodore and Captain of the Fort 
[fo. 12] relating to the building storehouses and exempting the 
inhabitants from being pressed or being carryed to New England, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that copies of the said pro- 
posals be sent to the Mayors of Bristoll, Biddiford, Barnstable, 
Plymouth [fo. 21, 22], Exeter, Pool, Dartmouth and Weymouth 
[fo. 11, 24], and that they be desired to consult the Newfoundland 
traders in their respective corporations, and to appoint some 
person to attend the Board with their opinion upon the whole 
matter ; and further ordered that the Newfoundland merchants 
in town have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday next in the 
morning [fo. 10, 11]. 

July 6. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pol- 
lexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation [fo. 4, 23] for offering to her Majesty that 
Mr. Mompesson, Mr. Barbarie, and Mr. Philips, lately admitted 
into the Council! of New Yorke by the Lord Combury, may be 
constituted counsellors in that province, was signed. 

Mr. Falkner, treasurer of the Turkey Company, attending, he 
was acquainted with the proposals made to her Majesty [fo. 5] 
by the Emperor's ministers for carrying on the trade to Turkey 
through Germany ; whereupon he said that this proposal had 
been made before now, and that the Turkey Company would quickly 
be able to give their lordships an answer thereunto [fo. 17], if their 
lordships would let them have an abstract of the said proposal. 
Whereupon ordered that an abstract be sent to Mr. Falkner 
accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Penn desiring their lordships' speedy report 
upon the laws of Pennsylvania [fo. 21], was read ; and their lord- 
ships agreed to take the said laws into consideration on Tuesday 
next. 

A petition from Mr. Bohun praying their lordships recommenda- 
tion of him to her Majesty for the place of Attorney Generall of 
New Yorke, as also another petition from Mr. Broughton (son 
of the late Attorney General at New York) desiring also to be 
recommended for the said place, were read ; and thereupon ordered 



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153 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges. 

Papers relating to 

currant and fish trade 

at Venice. 

New Jersey. 

Mr. Docmenique 
about counsellors re- 
commended by the 
Lord Combury, 
and about purchasing 
lands from the 
Indians. 



1705. 
that the said petitions be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his 
opinion in like manner as Mr. Knight's had been the 5th of the 
last month. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant, refering 
to the consideration of this Board an extract of a letter and two 
memorials from Mr. Broughton, consull at Venice [fo. 33, 35], relating 
to the currants and fish trade there, was read. 

Mr. Docminique attending [fo. 4], he was asked if he knew 
Mr. Richard Townley recommended by the Lord Cornbury to fill 
up a vacancy in the Councill of New Jersey. To which he said 
that he did not know him, but would make inquiry. Then their 
lordships communicated to him paragraph N of the Lord Cornbury's 
letter which relates to the purchasing of lands of the Indians. 
To which he said that the proprietors did not purchase lands of 
the Indians to have a title to those lands, but only to make the 
Indians five easy with them, for they had all those lands in their 
patents : that in the beginning they sold their lands at 51. a hundred 
acres with the quit rent of half a crown a year ; that they had 
indeed sold some for ten pound a hundred acres. But he added 
that, if their lordships would give him a copy of the foresaid 
paragraph N, he would bring an answer in writing [fo. 18] ; where- 
upon ordered that a copy of the said paragraph be given him 
accordingly. 

Mr. Dockwra attending, and the same question being asked 
him about Mr. Townley [fo. 4], he said that he thought that he was 
a very good man, and had no objection to his being admitted into 
the Councill of New Jersey. 

July 10. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Merret attending [fo. 6, 11], the memorial of the Newfound- 
land merchants, refer 'd to this Board by Mr. Secretary Hedges 
and mentioned in the minutes of the 5th instant, was read ; where- 
upon he said that he thought it might be for the security of the 
fishery if the proposals in that memorial could be effected ; that 
for his part he could propose nothing to be done this year, not 
having had a perfect account in what condition they were in at 
Newfoundland since the late attempts of the French ; and therefore 
he was of opinion that no final determination be taken in relation 
to Newfoundland till the return of the Commodore, who will 
bring a full account of all that has passed there. He added that 
there was one John Stephens [fo. 13] lately arrived from Newfound- 
land in the same sloop with Mr. Collin Campbell (and now at 
Plymouth), who was able to give the Board some further account 
of the late attempts of the French [fo. 1, 17]; whereupon ordered 
that a letter be writ to the said Stephens [fo. 22], and that it be 
inclosed to Commissioner Greenhill, and he desired to procure a 
speedy answer thereunto. 

A letter from Sir William Phippard, Mayor of Poole [fo. 7, 24], Letter f r o ° m p £° Ma y° r 
in answer to one writ him the 5th instant, upon the forementioned 
memorial of the Newfoundland merchants, was read. 



Mr. Dockwra about 
new counsellor. 



Newfoundland. 

Mr. Merret. 



Letter to Mr. 
Stephens at Ply- 
mouth for an account 
of what he knows of 
Newfoundlatid. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. il-14. 



1705. 

Merchants about their 

Memorial concerning 

the government of 

Newfoundland. 



Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about instructions for 

Capt. Lloyd and for 

the Commadore. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Merit with 

queries to be sent to 

Mr. Stephens at 

Plymouth. 

Instructions for Capt. 

Lloyd and the 

Commadore. 



Capt. Lloyd to 
attend. 



Mr. Samuel Shepherd, Mr. Brown, Mr. Campbell and others who 
had signed the abovesaid memorial attending [fo. 6, 10], the said 
Memorial was read ; and several questions being asked them, they 
explained themselves as followeth vizt. that their desire was that 
the Commadore should every year nominate and appoint out of the 
principal inhabitants of the harbours where he should come, such 
persons as he should think best qualifyed to be justices of the peace 
and constables during the winter, in the absence of the fishing 
admirals ; which justices they did not jntend should be impowered 
to try and determin any differences that may happen during the 
winter, but only to bind over the parties to abide by the determina- 
tion of the fishing admirals the next season ; and that the fishing 
admirals have the same power of appointing the like officers in 
such harbours where the Commodore should not come. 

They further desired that blanc commissions be sent over for 
constituting militia officers, and that it be left to the Commadore 
and the fishing admirals, as above, to fill up the blancs with the 
names of the principal inhabitants. 

That her Majesty would be pleased to send 1,000 firearms (the 
French having carry'd away or destroyed all they had) to be dis- 
tributed amongst the inhabitants, they giving security one for 
another to make good the said arms in case they be lost or 
broken. 

That the inhabitants of St. John's have liberty to build store- 
houses under the cannon of the fort for securing their fishing tackle 
during the winter. 

That three small forts be built, vizt., one at Ferryland, one at 
Carboniere, and one in Trinity Harbour ; and that the Captain 
and other officers of the garrison be strictly forbid to trade or barter 
upon their own account, or any ways to concern themselves in the 
fishery upon pain of casheering. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 6th instant [fo. 6, 13], 
directing the Board to prepare instructions for Captain Lloyd, 
commander of the soldiers at Newfoundland, and for the 
Commadore of the convoy there, relating to the inlisting of men, 
and to the late attempts of the French, was read ; and their lord- 
ships resolved to take the same into consideration to-morrow 
morning. 

July 11. Present: — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecil! Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Solomon Merit, inclosing some queries to be 
made to Mr. John Stephens [fo. 10, 22] (mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes) relating to the late attempts of the French at Newfound- 
land, were read ; and thereupon ordered that the said queries 
be sent to the said Stephens accordingly. 

Their lordships took again into consideration Mr. Secretary 
Hedges's letter mentioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 12, 14, 15], 
relating to instructions for Captain Lloyd and the Commadore of 
the Newfoundland convoy, and made some progress therein. 

Ordered that Captain Lloyd have notice to attend the Board 
to-morrow morning [vide infra]. 



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155 



Mr. Sloper attending, acquainted their lordships that the 
Lord Cornbury had appointed him agent for New Yorke [/o. 23], 
and that a man of war would be ready in a little time to sail for 
New Yorke. Their lordships thereupon gave directions for preparing 
a letter to the Lord Cornbury accordingly. 

July 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Captain Lloyd attending \Jo. 13], and several questions bemg 
asked him relating to the inlisting of straglers at Newfoundland, 
he said that he only desired a power to inlist so many men as may 
make up the complement of his company when any shall dye or 
desert ; that he would not inlist any seamen or servants without 
the consent of their captains or masters, nor any person without 
his own consent, nor even that till after the fishery is over and the 
English ships sailed from thence, unless it be upon an invasion of 
the French. 

The proposal of the merchants, mentioned in the minutes of the 
5th instant [/o. 6] for establishing justices of the peace &c, was 
communicated to him ; whereupon he said that there was very 
few, if any, of the inhabitants capable of executing such a place ; 
that those justices must be forbid to trade during their executing 
that office, else they would have opportunities of ingrossing all 
commodities and forestalling the market, and therefore he thought 
that none of the principal inhabitants would accept of such a 
commission. 

And as to the military commissions mentioned in the said pro- 
posal, he said that there was none of the inhabitants there capable 
of taking such a command upon them, and that he thought that 
if the Commodore should leave directions in all the harbours that 
the inhabitants immediatly send notice to the captain of the 
garrison at St. John's of the approach of the enemy, it might be 
sufficient. 

Then their lordships gave directions for preparing an answer 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges's letters [Jo. 13, 16] of 4th and 6th instant 
relating to Newfoundland. 

Ordered that the secretary write to Mr. Lowndes for 40 copies 
of an Act intituled an Act to incourage the trade to Newfoundland, 
passed in 1698. 

July 13. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 15] as directed in yesterday's 
minutes, in answer to his of the 4th and 6th instant, relating to 
Newfoundland, inclosing instructions for the Commadore and the 
Captain of the garrison there, as also the draught of a declaration 
for her Majesty for settling a militia there, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Solomon Merit of the 13th instant, inclosing 
several heads which he proposed to be given as instructions to 
Captain Lloyd, was read ; and their lordships observed that most 
of them are ahead v contained in the instructions abovementioned. 



17U5. 
New York. 

Mr. Sloper, agent. 

Man-of-war going 

thither. 

Letter to the 

Governor. 



Newfoundland. 

Captain Lloyd about 

inlisting .straglers, 

<fcc. 



Justices of Peace 



Military Commissions 



Answer to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges's 

letters of 4th and 6th 

inst. 

Letter to Mr. 

Lowndes for 40 copies 

of an Act. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 

with instructions for 

ye Commodore and 

Capt. of the garrison, 

&c. 

Letter from Mr. 

Merit with heads 

for instructions to 

Capt. Lloyd. 



156 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 17-19. 



1705. 

Affidavit of Richard An affidavit of Richard Sampson [fo. 19], lately arrived from 

Frl^hinvaZl in Newfoundland, relating to what had happened there during the late 

Newfoundland. invasion of the French [fo. 11, 24], was read. 



Trade. 

Letter to the Turkey 
Company for their 
report on the Em- 
peror's Minister's 
memorial. 

Carolina. 

Memorial from the 
Pennsylvania Com- 
pany about 400 
barrills of pitch and 
tar. 



Certificate about the 
goodness thereof. 



Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Harley 
with the foregoing 
papers. 



New Jersey. 

Letter to Mr. 

Docmenique for his 

answer to papers sent 

him. 

Newfoundland. 

Richard Sampson 
about his passage. 



Letter to Mr. 
Burchet thereupon. 

Massachusets. 

Two memorials 

from Sir Henry 

Ashhurst about Court 

of Chancery and Col. 

Dudley's refusal to 

admit Mr. Serjeant 

into the Councill. 



July 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to the Turkey Company [fo. 8, 24], 
to desire them to hasten their report upon the Emperor's minister's 
memorial relating to the carrying on of our trade to Turkey through 
Germany. 

Mr. Byfield and several of the Pennsylvania Company attending, 
presented to their lordships a memorial [fo. 113], setting forth that 
a ship of theirs was lately arrived with 400 barrells of pitch and tar 
from Carolina, and praying that though the said ship be arrived 
before the time allowed by Act of Parliament for bounty money 
upon the importation of such commodities, yet that her Majesty 
would be pleased to give them such incouragement as shall be 
thought fit. They also presented to their lordships a certificate 
from several shipwrights and rope makers of the goodness of the said 
pitch and tar, both which papers were read. They added that upon 
the arrival of their said ship at Lisbon they could have sold their 
pitch and tar there for fifty shillings a barrell ; that the freight from 
Carolina being twenty shillings per barrell they could not afford it 
under forty shillings per barrell, unless her Majesty be pleased to 
allow them some incouragement in consideration of the great charge 
they have been at. That they now are willing to contract with the 
Navy for 5,000 barrells of pitch and tar a year. Whereupon a letter 
inclosing the foresaid memorial and certificate to Mr. Secretary 
Harley, desiring him to lay the same before her Majesty with the 
opinion of the Board that these gentlemen cannot claim the bounty 
appointed by Act of Parliament, which commences not till January 
next, yet they do deserve a suitable incouragement upon this 
account, was signed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Docminique [fo. 9] for his 
speedy answer to the papers delivered him the 6th instant relating 
to New Jersey. 

Richard Sampson [fo. 17] (whose affidavit relating to the late 
attempt of the French in Newfoundland was laid before the Board 
the 13th instant) attending [fo. 21], acquainted their lordships that, 
being hired by Mr. Collin Campbell to help to saile the sloop that 
was sent express with the account of those matters, he was now 
desirous to return to his family there, and prayed their lordships' 
intercession at the Admiralty that he might have his passage in 
one of the men-of-war now bound thither ; whereupon ordered 
that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet accordingly. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst presented to their lordships a memorial 
[fo. 267], desiring to be heard by his Council before any Court of 
Chancery be settled in the Massachusets Bay. He also presented 
to their lordships another memorial signifying that Colonel Dudley 
had refused to admit his cousen, Mr. Peter Serjeant, into the Councill 



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157 



of the Massachusets Bay, though he was annually chosen for that 
place, and desiring their lordships would write to Colonel Dudley 
in favour of the said Mr. Serjeant that he may be admitted to the 
said Councill the next time he is chosen ; both which memorials 
were read : and ordered that Colonel Dudley be writ to, to know 
the reason of such his constant refusal. 

A letter from Mr. Whitchurch, Mayor of Bristol [fo. 7], signifying 
that the merchants there had appointed Mr. Peter Renew and 
Mr. William Brown [fo. 21] to lay a memorial relating to Newfound- 
land before the Board, was read. 

The secretary's accounts of expenses for three-quarters of a year, 
vizt., from Christmas, 1704, to Midsummer last, amounting to 
fifty-seven pounds one shilling and 4 pence. 

Mr. Churchill's account of stationary ware for the same time, 
amounting to sixty-six pounds two shillings and eleven pence ; 
and the postman's account for the same time amounting to one 
hundred and one pounds ; 

The whole, amounting to two hundred twenty-four pounds four 
shillings and three pence, were laid before the Board, and a letter 
writ to the Lord Treasurer, desiring his lordship's direction for the 
payment thereof. 

July 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to the Lord Cornbury in answer to his late letters, 
relating to his government of New Yorke, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet [fo. 19, 25] in answer to one writ him 
yesterday inclosing a letter to the captain of the Anglesey, directing 
him to take Richard Sampson on board his ship and carry him to 
Newfoundland, was read, and the said letter delivered to the said 
Sampson. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon the Acts past at two General 
Assemblies of Pennsylvania [fo. 8, 22], the one held in November, 
1700, the other in October, 1701, was read, and the said Acts taken 
into consideration and a progress made therein. 

Mr. Brown and Mr. Brooks presented to their lordships a memorial 
from the city of Bristoll, another from the town of Barnstaple, 
and a letter from the town of Biddiford [fo. 20, 7, 24], all giving 
their opinions upon the memorial of the London merchants trading 
to Newfoundland [fo. 6, 24], relating to the security of that place, 
which were read. 



1705. 



Col. Dudley to be 
writ to thereon. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from the Mayor 
of Bristol, dkc. 



Miscellanies. 

Incident accounts. 



New York. 

Letter to the 
Governor. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from 
Mr. Burchet about 
Richard Sampson's 
going to Newfound- 
land. 
Pennsylvania. 
Acts under considera- 
tion and A ttorney 
General's report. 

Newfoundland. 

Two memorials from 

Bristol and Biddiford, 

&c. 



July 19. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Commissioner Greenhill, dated at Plymouth the 
15th instant [fo. 11], signifying that John Stephens, lately come 
from Newfoundland, was gone from thence, was read. 

Their lordships entered again upon the consideration of the 
Pennsylvania Laws [fo. 21, 23], and made a further progress therein ; 
and ordered that a copy of the Act for erecting and establishing a 
Post Office [fo. 107] be sent to the Post Master General for their 
opinion thereupon. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Greenhill about John 

Stephens. 

Pennsylvania. 

Acts. 

Letter to Post Master 

General. 



158 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 23-25. 



1705. 



Pennsylvania. 
Laws. 



Miscellanies. 

Order of Councill on 
representation about 
Clifford's accounts. 

New Yorke. 

Order of Council on 

representation about 

new counsellors. 

Lord Cornbury's 

warrant to a new 

agent. 



Trade. 

Memorial from the 

Turkey Company 

upon proposals from 

the Imperial Company. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Harley 

desiring to discourse 

the said Commissary 

thereupon. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from ye Mayor 
of Exeter about 
security of New- 
foundland. 
Letters from the 
Western Ports to be 
abstracted. 

Letter from Lt. 
Moody to Col. Dudley 
about attempts of the 
French at Newfound- 
land. 



Letter from Mr. 

Burchett about the 

orders for Sampson's 

going on board the 

Anglesey's being 

countermanded. 



Barbados. 

Copy of an Order of 
Councill of '20th 
instant on repre- 
sentations of '29th 
March, and \5th and 
21th Jane last about 
complaints against ye 
Governor. 



July 20. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships went through the consideration of the Pennsylvania 
laws [fo. 22, 25], and gave directions for preparing a representation 
thereupon. 

A copy of an Order of Councill of the 9th instant [7. fo. 387] upon 
a representation of the 24th May last, relating to Mr. Jeronomy 
Clifford's accounts [Jo. 57], approving the same, was read. 

A copy of an Order of Councill of the 9th instant [Jo. 7] upon a 
representation of the 6th ditto, proposing Mr. Mompesson, 
Mr. Barbarie and Mr. Philips to be of the Councill of New Yorke, 
approving the same, was read. 

Copy of a warrant from the Lord Corn bury, dated the 1st of 
March, 170f [fo. 14], appointing William Sloper his lordship's 
agent for the province of New Yorke, was laid before the Board. 

July 24. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from the Turkey Company [fo. 17], in answer to 
the letter writ them the 6th instant upon the proposals of the 
Imperial Commissary relating to the carrying of the trade to Turkey 
through Germany, was read, and a letter thereupon writ to 
Mr. Secretary Harley, signifying that the Board would be glad 
to discourse with the said Commissary to-morrow morning upon 
those matters [fo. 26]. 

A letter from the Mayor of Exeter, in answer to the letter writ 
him the 5th instant [Jo. 7], relating to the security of Newfoundland,* 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that an abstract of the said 
letter, and of those lately received from the other Western ports, 
be made and laid before the Board to-morrow morning. 

A letter from Lieutenant Moody, dated the 20th of Aprill, 1705, 
to Colonel Dudley [Jo. 17, 69, 169], giving an account of the late 
attempts of the French at Newfoundland, was communicated 
to the Board by Mr. Blathwayt, and read ; and thereupon ordered 
that a copy of the said letter be sent to Mr. Lewis, to be laid before 
Mr. Secretary Harley. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 21st instant [fo. 21], signifying 
that his Royal Highness had heard that Richard Sampson was a 
servant to Mr. Collin Campbell, and endeavouring to run away 
from his service, and that therefore his Royal Highness had counter- 
manded his orders to the Captain of the Anglesey to take the said 
Sampson on board, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the 
said Campbell have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 20th instant [I. fo. 344, 410], 
upon representations of this Board of the 29th of March and 15th of 
June [fo. 27, 28], relating to complaints against Sir Beville Granville, 
Governor of Barbadoes, as also upon a representation of the 27th of 

* [Right hand margin.] Representation upon this with other matters relating to 
Newfoundland, fol. 215. 



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159 



June last [/. fo. 416], upon the petition of Richard Downes, com- 
plaining that Sir Beville Granville had refused to admit the said 
Downes into the Council! of Barbados, was read. 

Mr. Perm attending, he was acquainted with the objections 
their lordships had against several of the laws of Pennsylvania 
[fo. 23], and after some discourse thereupon, ordered that a copy 
of their lordships' observations upon the said Acts [fo. 38] be sent 
to Mr. Penn for his information. 



1705. 



Pennsylvania. 
Mr. Penn about laws 



July 25. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Count de Gallas, the Emperor's Envoy Extraordinary, as 
also Monsieur Vecelly, his Commissary General of Trade, being 
present [fo. 24], their memorial to her Majesty relating to the 
carrying of the trade to Turkey through Germany and Hungary, 
was read ; and after some discourse upon the difficulties that seem 
to attend their proposal 1, they desired to have the said objections 
in writing, in order to their returning an answer thereunto : where- 
upon their lordships gave directions for drawing up the said 
objections, and for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley 
[fo. 27], inclosing ye same to him, to be communicated to the said 
Envoy and Commissary accordingly. 



Trade. 

Emperor' 8 Ministers 
about trade to Turkey. 



Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Harley 

with objections to 

their proposal. 



July 26. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Mr Bernard attending, and desiring of their lordships a copy 
of that part of their late representation [fo. 25], which relates to the 
complaints of the four suspended counsellors of Barbados [fo. 325], 
he was acquainted that the said representation having been presented 
and read to her Majesty, it was not now properly in the custody 
of the Board, and therefore their lordships could not grant a copy 
thereof. 

The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley inclosing their 
lordships' answer to the memorial of the Emperor's Envoy 
Extraordinary and Commissary of Commerce [fo. 26. 29], in relation 
to a trade to the Levant, to be carryed on through Germany and 
Hungary, as directed in yesterday's minutes, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Bernard about 
a copy of the repre- 
sentation relating to 
the jour suspended 
counsellors. 



Trade. 

Draught of letter to 

Mr. Secretary Harley 

in answer to the 

memorial oj ye 
Imperial Ministers. 



July 27. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt. 

Ordered that the secretary write to all the Governors of the 
Plantations, inclosing to them her Majesty's late proclamation for 
a day of thanksgiving, that they may give the like directions in 
their respective governments 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 20th instant upon a repre- 
sentation of the 29th of March last [I. fo. 344; fo. 25, 61, 81], 
relating to complaints against Sir Beville Granville* approving 
the said representation, and directing that Mr. Skene be dismissed 

* fin right hand margin.] Order of House of Lords about complaints against 
Sir Bevil Granville, fol. 187. 



Plantations General. 

Circular letters, with 

proclamations for 

thanksgiving. 

Barbados. 

Copy of an Order of 
Councill approving 
a representation upon 
complaints against 
the Governor. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS 



[K. 28-31. 



1705. 

Mr. Skene. 

Affidavits &c, about 

him to be sent Mr, 

Attorney and Sollicitor 

General. 

Nevis. 

Act about Capt. 

Butler s estate sent 

to Mr. Attorney 

General. 



New Jersey. 

Letter to Lord 
Cornbury. 

Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Harley 
with answer to the 
proposal of the Im- 
perial Minister about 
trade to Turkey. 



Plantations General. 

Letter front Mr. 
Dumer about the sail- 
ing of his packet boat. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from Col. 
Handasyd. 

Publick papers. 



Barbados. 

Two letters from Sir 
Beville Granville. 

Publick papers. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Col. 

CodringUm. 
Letter from Col. 

Johnson. 
Letter from Col. 
Johnson with publick 
papers. 



A third letter from 

him. 
Transcript of Nevis 

laws. 
Prisoners. 



from his place of secretary of Barbados [fo. 36], and that he be 
prosecuted for the misdemeanors charged against him, was read ; 
whereupon ordered that copy of the said Order of Councill and the 
affidavits in this office [fo. 36] against the said Skene be sent to 
Mr. Atturney and Mr. Sollicitor General. 

An Act past at Nevis to settle the estate of Captain Thomas 
Butler, deceased, on his three sons, William, Thomas and James 
Butler, and their heires and assignes for ever [fo. 32], was read ; and 
thereupon ordered that it be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his 
opinion in point of law. 

Ordered that the secretary write to the Lord Cornbury, acknow- 
ledging the receipt of his lordship's letters relating to his government 
of New Jersey. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley, inclosing their lordships' answer 
to the proposal of the Emperor's ministers [fo. 27, 33] for carrying 
on the trade to Turkey through Germany and Hungary, as agreed 
in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

August 10. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows. 

A letter from Mr. Dunimer of the 4th instant, giving an account 
of the course of the six islands' packet boat to the West Indies and 
back, was read. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, of the 
11th of June last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid 
before the Board, vizt. : 

Minutes of the Councill of the 2nd of Aprill, 8th and 30th of 

May, 1705. 
Naval Officers' fists of ships from the 2nd of Aprill, 1703, to 
the 14th of May, 1705. 
Two letters from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, 
vizt., of the 8th of Aprill and 16th of May, 1705, were read, and 
the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, vizt. : 
Two Acts past in February, 170f. 

And Naval Officers' lists of ships from the 25th December, 
1704, to the 24th of March following. 
A letter from Colonel Codrington of the 24th of May last, was 
read. 

A letter from Colonel Johnson, Commander in Cheif of the 
Leeward Islands, dated the 22nd of March last, was read. 

A letter from the said Colonel Johnson, dated at Nevis the 24th 
of May last, inclosing an account of the exports and imports from 
and to that island, from the 12th of January, 1704, to the 12th of 
Aprill following, was read. 

Two Acts past at Antegoa in January and February, 170f, 

as also four Acts past at Mountserrat in March and Aprill 

last, received at the same time with the foregoing letter, 

were laid before the Board. 

A letter from the said Colonel Johnson, with a transcript of the 

laws of Nevis now in force in that Island, and about 100 prisoners 

being arrived there from Martinico, dated the 26th of May, 1705, 

was laid before the Board. 



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161 



Another letter from Colonel Johnson, with papers relating to 
the case of Mr. Peter Vanbelle, dated at Nevis the 26th of May, 
1705, was laid before the Board and read. And the inclosed therein 
were : 

Minutes of a Court of Admiralty held at Nevis in May, 1699, 

relating to the case of Mr. Vanbell. 
Memorial from Mr. William Mead to the President and Councill 
(against Mr. Vanbelle), setting forth that 50 negro slaves 
were imported in a foreign vessell into the Island of St. 
Christophers, contrary to an Act of Parliament. 
A letter from Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, 
of the 31st of March last, was read, and the following paper there 
inclosed laid before the Board. 

Copy of Mr. Jones's paper of complaints, with Colonel 
Bennet's answer. 
Another letter from Colonel Bennet to the secretary, dated the 
4th of Aprill last, was read, and the papers therewith transmitted 
laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

Proceedings relating to Mr. Jones since his arrival in Bermuda. 
Observations made by Mr. Charles Minors on the behaviour of 
Mr. Edward Jones since his return to Bermuda, with a list 
of records and papers delivered into his custody. 
The opinions of the Councill of Bermuda relating to Mr. Jones's 
demands. 
Six Acts past at Nevis in March last [Jo. 83] were presented to 
the Board by Colonel Jory. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon an Act past at Nevis [fo. 28] 
to settle the estate of Captain Thomas Butler, deceased, on his 
three sons, William, Thomas and James Butler, and their heires 
and assignes for ever, was read ; and a representation offering the 
said Act to her Majesty for her royal confirmation [fo. 43], was 
signed. 

A letter to Colonel Park, inclosing a new seal for the Leeward 
Islands, together with her Majesty's warrant for using the same, 
was signed. 

August 28. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Warr to the secretary, returning the Board's 
answer to the Imperial Envoy's &c. memorial relating to the carrying 
the trade to Turkey through Germany and Hungary [fo. 29, 104] 
(sent to Mr. Secretary Harley the 27th of the last month), and 
desiring that the same might be translated into French, was read ; 
whereupon their lordships agreed a translation thereof, and inclosed 
the same in a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley, which was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 24th instant, refering 
to this Board a petition of several of her Majesty's subjects, prisoners 
of war at the Havana &c. [fo. 40], praying that the Governor of 
Jamaica may have directions to exchange them as is customary, 
as also an extract of a letter from Consul Broughton at Venice, 
about that Republick's having laid an imposition upon English ships 
lading fruit [fo. 8, 35] in their territories, was read ; and Mr. Dyer 

Wt. 16557. L 



1705. 

A fourth letter from 
Col. Johnson. 



Publick papers. 



Bermuda. 

Letter from Col. 
Bennet. 

Jones. 



Bermuda. 

Letter from Col. 
Bennet. 

Papers relating to 
Jones. 



Nevis. 

Acts. 

Attorney General's 

report and Board's 

representation upon 

one. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Col. Park. 
New seal. 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. Warr 

about translating the 

answer of this Board 

to the Imperial 

envoy's memorial. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about prisoners at 

the Havana and 

(Trade) 

about a duty laid on 

English ships lading 

fruit at Venice. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 34-37- 



1705. 
Jamaica. 

Mr. Dyer at the 
Board relating to 
prisoners at Havana. 



attending (who appears in behalf of the prisoners abovementioned) 
[fo. 42], produced a certificate of John Crouch, John Eccleston and 
Thomas Humphries, setting forth that the Granville frigat &c. and 
40 men was taken by a Spanish privateer in 1704 near the Island 
Exhuma and carryed to the Havana, where 'tis supposed the said 
40 men now are ; and that he himself was taken in 1703 going 
from Jamaica to Campeachy and was likewise carryed to the 
Havana, and there used with great severity for some time, being 
kept stark naked with very poor allowance ; but that upon his petition 
in Latin to the Bishop of Cuba he was inlarged and treated with 
less rigour. He added that the prisoners were treated with the 
utmost barbarity ; that several of them dyed under the lashes 
they received ; that some were starved to death ; that others 
were put to clean the river ; that 40 men taken before the war 
were branded with the slaves' mark and sent to work in the 
mines ; and that one Captain Isaac Hamilton, although taken 
since the war, yet was sent likewise to the mines ; and that the 
prisoners now remaining at the Havana are such as have been taken 
during this present war ; that by means of a Capuchin going from 
thence to France, he obtained leave to go along with him, where 
after his arrival he got himself exchanged among other prisoners 
there, and came to England. He promised to bring an account 
of the whole matter to their lordships in writing [fo. 42]. 



Trade. 

Mr. Broughtori 1 8 
papers under con- 
sideration. 

Venetian merchants 
to attend. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Mr. 

Povey. 

Papers about Mr. 

Skene. 

Order of Councill 

for repealing an order 

against Skene, and 

for suspending him 

only, &c. 



Letter to the Governor 
thereupon. 



August 29. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the papers from 
Mr. Broughton refer'd to in Mr. Secretary Hedges's letters of 
the 3rd July and 24th instant [fo. 8, 33] relating to the fish and 
corinths trade at Venice ; and thereupon ordered that the Venetian 
merchants have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning 
[fo. 37]. 

A letter from Mr. Povey, returning the papers sent to 
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solhcitor General relating to Mr. Skene, 
secretary of Barbados [fo. 28], and signifying that Mr. Attorney 
General had no observation to make thereupon, was read. 

An Order of Councill of the 13th instant, repealing that part of 
the Order of the 20th of July last, whereby Mr. Skene was to be 
dismissed from his place of secretary of that Island [fo. 28], 
and directing that he be only suspended from the execution of the 
said place till his answer be returned to the papers exhibited against 
him [fo. 305], and her Majesty's pleasure known thereupon, and further 
directing the Board to transmit the said papers for the said Skene's 
answer accordingly, was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter 
be prepared to Sir Beville Granville for that purpose [fo. 37]. 



Barbados. 

Letter from Sir 
Beville Granville. 



August 30. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, dated 
the 10th of June last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to 
laid before the Board, vizt, ; 



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163 



A collection of all the laws in force in Barbados from the year 

1648 to June, 1704. 
Captain Lilly the Ingineer's account of the state of the 

fortifications in Barbados. 
Two Acts past in Barbados in February and March, 170|. 
Letters to the Governors of Jamaica, Barbados, the Leeward 
Islands and Bermuda, were signed. 

Mr. Jaminau and other Venetian merchants attending, the papers 
from Mr. Broughton relating to that trade [fo. 35, 45] and mentioned 
in yesterday's minutes, were communicated to them for their 
observations thereupon, which they promised to bring to their 
lordships in a few days. 

Mr. Penn presented to the Board his answer to their observations 
upon the Pennsylvania Laws [fo. 26, 39], which their lordships 
resolved to take into consideration to-morrow. Then Mr. Penn 
desired their lordships to signify to him by letter that they would 
lay such of the Pennsylvania laws, against which they had no 
objection, before her Majesty, after her return from Winchester, 
for her royal approbation ; whereupon their lordships gave 
directions for preparing such a letter accordingly. 

Mr. Perm further communicated to the Board a congratulatory 
address from the Assembly of Pennsylvania to her Majesty, signed 
by David Lloyd, which he said he would present to her Majesty ; 
upon which he observed that the said Lloyd was the person whom 
he was directed by an Order of Councill of the 31st of August, 1699, 
to turn out of all the places he had in the Government of Penn- 
sylvania, for mismanagement and disrespect to the Crown. 

August 31. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes, inclosing to him 
extracts of the minutes of Barbados of the 26th March last, relating 
to a breach of the Acts of trade by Robert Corbet, one of the Custome 
House officers and reciever of her Majesty's duty of 4£ per cent. 
at Bridge Town. 

Mr. Penn attending [fo. 38, 41], their lordships' observations 
upon the Pennsylvania laws, with Mr. Perm's answer thereunto, 
were read ; and after some discourse thereupon, Mr. Penn agreed 
that the said laws be remitted back to Pennsylvania to be amended 
according to the said observations of the Board ; and he further 
desired that those Acts, against which Mr. Attorney General had 
given his opinion, might not be repealed, but returned also back to 
Pennsylvania to be amended. 

Their lordships took into consideration the petition of the English 
prisoners at Havana &c. [fo. 33] refer'd to in Mr. Secretary Hedges's 
letter of the 24th instant and agreed upon a draught of a letter 
in answer thereunto [vide infra]. 

September 1. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Penn presented to the Board an abstract of the clauses 

contained in his grant of Pennsylvania [fo. 43], which he is willing 



1705. 

Publick papers. 



Barbados, Jamaica, 

Leeward Islands, 

Bermuda. 

Letters. 
Trade. 

Venetian merchants 

about duty laid on 

fruit at Venice. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's answer 
to the observations 
on the laws, dec. 



Congratulatory 

address from, the 

Assembly to the 

Queen. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. 

Lowndes about breach 

of Acts of Trade by 

Mr. Corbet at Bridge 

Town. 

Pennsylvania. 

Observations on the 

laws and Mr. Penn's 

answer, t&c. 



Jamaica. 

Petition of the Eng- 
lish prisoners, &c, 
under consideration. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's grant of 
Pennsylvania 

abstracted. 



164 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 40-43. 



1705. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about English 
prisoners in the 



to surrender to her Majesty, as also a paper containing the heads 
of what he desired from her Majesty, both which were read, and 
their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration at 
their first meeting. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [vide supra], in answer to that 
part of his of the 24th of the last month which relates to the English 
prisoners in the Spanish West Indies, proposing that her Majesty's 
directions be sent to the Governor of Jamaica, requiring him to 



Spanish West Indies. en( j ea vour to get the said prisoners exchanged, was signed. 



Pennsylvania. 

Laws. 



September 4. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Penn attending [fo. 39, 43], their lordships made a further 
progress in the consideration of the Pennsylvania laws, and resolved 
to proceed further therein at their next meeting. 



Jamaica. 

Representation for a 
new counsellor. 

Papers from Mr. 
Dyer about cruelty 
of the Spaniards to 
the English prisoners. 



Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
inclosing the same. 

New York. 

Order of Council on 

representation about 

stores of war. 

New York. 

Order of Councill on 

representation about 

presents for the 

Indians. 

Jamaica. 

Order of Councill on 

representation about 

new seal, &c. 

Leeward Islands. 

Order of Councill on 
representation with 
Col. Park's instruc- 
tions. 
Nevis. 
Order of Councill on 
representation for 
settling the estate 
of Tho. Butler, &c. 



September 25. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 

Mr. Prior. 
A representation proposing Colonel Edmond Edlyn to be of the 
Councill of Jamaica in the room of Colonel Thomas Ascough, 
deceased, [fo. 82] was signed. 

Two papers from Mr. Dyer, lately a prisoner at the Havana 
[fo 34] vizt. : 

An account of the Spaniards' cruelty to the English prisoners 

taken by them in America. 
An account of the several ports the Spaniards have in those 
parts, with a description of their fortifications &c. 
were read ; whereupon a letter, inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, was signed. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 22nd of February last 
[/. fo. 281], upon a representation of the same date about stores 
of war for New Yorke, referring the same to the Duke of 
Marlborough, General of the Ordnance, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 22nd February last [/. fo. 281], 
upon a representation of the same date about presents for the 
five nations of Indians, referring the same to the Lord High 
Treasurer, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 17th of May last [/. fo. 383], 
upon a representation of the 10th ditto with a new seal and warrant 
for using the same in the Island of Jamaica, approving the said 
representation, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 17th May last [I. fo. 383] 
upon a representation of the 10th ditto with Colonel Park's 
instructions for the government of the Leeward Islands, approving 
the same, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 13th [Jo. 32] upon a repre- 
sentation of the 10th August for confirming an Act past at Nevis, 
for settling the estate of Captain Thomas Butler, deceased, on his 
three sons &c, approving the same, was read. 



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Ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared upon 
the Pennsylvania laws [fo. 41, 44], and a letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges [fo. 40, 44] upon Mr. Penn's proposal for a surrender. 



October 2. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

A reference from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 23rd of the last 
month upon the petition of the Jamaica merchants praying 
that her Majesty would please to grant them her 8th part of the 
ship Richard and Sarah, taken by a French privateer and retaken 
by her Majesty's ship the Rochester, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that the said merchants have notice to attend the Board 
on Thursday morning next [fo. 48]. 

The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon Mr. Penn's 
proposal for surrendering Ms government of Pennsylvania to her 
Majesty [fo. 43, 53], as also the draught of a representation upon 
the laws of Pennsylvania [fo. 43, 48], were read ; and thereupon 
ordered that Mr. Penn have notice to attend the Board on Thursday 
morning next. 

A memorial from Mr. Field and Mr. Wyeth [/. fo. 416], in answer 
to Sir Henry Ashhurst's last memorial relating to an Act of 
Connecticut intituled Hereticks [fo. 50], was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that a draught of a representation be prepared for offering 
to her Majesty that the said Act be repealed. 

October 4. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 14th of the last month 
[Jo. 37, 53], referring to the Board an extract of a letter from 
Mr. Broughton, Consul at Venice, with a copy of an Act of that 
Senate for laying a new duty upon corinths laden on English ships, 
was read. 

Mr. Samuel Shepherd and Mr. Claude Jamineau attending in 
behalf of the Venetian merchants [fo. 37, 53], they returned to the 
Board the papers from the foresaid Mr. Broughton, which were 
communicated to them the 30th of August last, relating to an 
imposition of ten dollars per 1,000 laid by the Senate of Venice 
upon corinths shipt in English ships, to commence the 1st of January 
next, which they said was an equivalent to the 4 shillings per centum 
laid by the late Act of Parliament upon corinths imported here in 
Venetian ships. They said that the Venetians were much in the 
wrong to be offended at the imposition laid here ; that they ought 
rather to take it as a kindness that the said imposition was not laid 
upon Enghsh ships also ; that the quantity of corinths imported 
in Enghsh ships was about 3,000 tun per annum ; that the Venetians 
have not had above six ships at most come hither in a year, and that 
the duty laid upon them is between 3 and 4O0li. a ship ; whereas, 
if it had been laid upon Enghsh ships also, it would have given 
a great shock to that trade ; that they are of opinion that, if the 
Senate do exact the new imposition of 10 dollars per 1,000, they 
will in a little time destroy their own trade ; for the prime cost of 



. 1705. 
Pennsylvania. 
Draught of repre- 
sentation on laws. 
Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
on Mr. Penn's 
proposal of surrender. 



Jamaica. 

Reference from Mr. 

Secretary Harley 
on petition of several 

merchants about a 
retaken ship. 



Pennsylvania. 

Draught of letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges 

about Mr. Penn's 
proposal of surrender. 
Draught of repre- 
sentation on laws. 

Connecticut. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Field, <fcc, about Act 

intituled Hereticks. 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges. 

Duty on corinths at 
■ Venice. 

Mr. Shepherd, &c, 

in behalf of Venetian 

merchants. 



166 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 46-49. 



1705. 



Pennsylvania. 
Mr. Penn about 
laws. 



Jamaica. 

Sir Bartholomew 
Gracedieu, efcc, about 
ship taken by the 
French and retaken 
by the English, &c. 



corinths at the islands was 12 duckets per 1,000, the ordinary 
duty as much, besides this new addition of 10 dollars ; so that, 
with the other charges in lading of their ships, the corinths come 
very dear on board. Then reckoning the freight home and the 
duty here (which duty is as much as the whole charge there) they 
will be so very dear that it will not be worth while to import them. 
Besides it is to be considered that we can be without their corinths, 
whereas they cannot be without our woollen manufactures, salmon, 
red herrings and pilchards, which they cannot be furnished with 
from other countries. And these gentlemen added that they 
doubted not but the Venetians would in a little time see their error, 
when they once begun to percieve their corinth trade to slacken ; 
but, if they should not repeal this additional duty of theirs, then 
these gentlemen thought it would be prudent that the same duty 
laid here on the Venetian ships should be laid likewise on English 
ships, which would soon put a stop to that trade, and thereby be a 
means to bring the Venetians to reason : however, they said they 
were informed by their correspondents that the Senate were 
deliberating about lengthening the time for the commencement 
of this new duty till Aprill next, in order to see what our 
Parliament would do thereupon. They further added that they had 
several things to complain of, if there was to be a Treaty of Com- 
merce with that State [fo. 331], and they instanced in the two 
following particulars, vizt., that all ships coming to Venice are 
obliged to pay about 120 crowns per ship for convoys in the Gulph, 
whereas our ships never had any such convoys, nor are they secured 
from the French ships even in the Venetian ports, from whence 
several of them have been taken. That when any ship arrives with 
fish, the magistrates limit the price at which the fishmongers are 
to sell it, which is in effect limiting the price we are to sell at. 

Mr. Perm attending, and several questions being asked him about 
the Pennsylvania laws [fo. 44, 51], he said that they were passed 
by his Deputy Governor, that he had reserved to himself by his 
commission to the said Deputy Governor a negative upon all the 
laws so passed by him, that he had not himself as yet confirmed 
the laws now under consideration, and that he was ready to confirm 
all such as the Board approved of before they be presented to her 
Majesty ; and he promised to bring to the Board a copy of his 
commission to his Deputy Governor [fo. 51]. 

Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu, with several Jamaica merchants, 
attending, Mr. Secretary Harley's reference upon their petition 
[fo. 44, 50], praying her Majesty to release to them her 8th part 
of their ship the Richard and Sarah, taken by a French privateer 
and retaken by the Rochester man-of-war (mentioned in the minutes 
of the 2nd instant) was again read ; whereupon they said that the 
reason for their said prayer was the great losses they have sustained 
by earthquakes, by fire, and now during the war by their ships 
being frequently taken and carryed into France, and particularly 
the loss they have sustained in this ship ; for, besides that the 
hull is so shattered that she can never be made a good ship again, 
the French took out of her before she was retaken by the Rochester 
all the indigo, which was the most valuable commodity she had on 



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167 



board, besides 2,500£. in silver, so that the remainder of the cargo 
with the ship herself are not of considerable value. Captain 
Wilkinson, the master of the said ship, and the super-cargo 
attending at the same time, and being asked several questions, 
they said that their ship had 20 guns and 30 men, nine of which 
would not fight ; that the rest maintained a fight of six hours, 
and had not been taken but that their mainmast was shot by ye 
board ; that they had five men killed and five wounded, of which 
last the master was one ; that the privateer had 20 guns and 
166 men, of which 33 were killed and above 30 wounded. Where- 
upon their lordships gave directions for preparing an answer [vide 
infra] to Mr. Secretary Harley's said reference. 



1705. 



October 5. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley [vide supra] relating to the 
petition of the Jamaica merchants for her Majesty's 8th part of the 
ship Richard and Sarah, which had been taken by the French and 
retaken by her Majesty's ship the Rochester, as mentioned in yester- 
day's minutes, was signed. 

A representation offering to her Majesty that an Act past in 
Connecticut intituled Hereticks [fo. 45, 102], be repealed, was 
signed. 

A copy of Mr. Penn's commission [fo. 48] to Andrew Hamilton 
to be Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania was sent by Mr. Penn 
to the Board and read, and a copy thereof ordered to be kept. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Harley about petition 
of Merchants' ship 
Richard and Sarah. 

Connecticut. 

Representation on Act 
intituled Hereticks. 

Pennsylvania. 

Copy of Col. Hamil- 
ton s commission to 
be Deputy Governor. 



October 9. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Blakiston presented to their lordships a box of papers 
which he had received from Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland 
[fo. 59], and thereupon ordered that the letters be minuted and 
laid before the Board on Thursday morning. 

Mr. Penn attending, presented to their lordships a paper con- 
taining some objections to one of the Pennsylvania laws [fo. 48, 52], 
intituled An Act for establishhig Courts of Judicature in this Province 
and the Colonies annexed, and desired that the said law might not 
be confirmed, but sent back to be amended. 

Colonel Maycock desired of their lordships a copy of Mr. George 
Hayes affidavit relating to Captain Martin's refusing to obey the 
Governor's warrant for delivery of Mr. Maycock and Mr. Tyrrell 
on board his ship the Blackmail ; whereupon ordered that a copy 
be given to him accordingly. 



Maryland. 
Box of papers. 



Pennsylvania. 

Act about Courts. 



Barbados. 

Col. Maycock about 

copy of Mr. Hay's 

deposition. 



October 11. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Penn attending, their lordships proceeded in the consideration 
of the Pennsylvania laws [fo. 51], but some doubts arising relating to 
a power reserved by Mr. Penn to himself in his commission to his 
Lieutenant Governor of confirming or disallowing of such Acts as 
shall be passed by his said Lieutenant Governor, their lordships gave 



Pennsylvania. 
Laws. 



168 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 52-55. 



1705. 
Letter to Mr. Attorney directions for preparing a letter and quseres to Mr. Attorny General 

General with quires. thereupon rj Q 53 ]. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter to Mr. Attorney 

General with quozres 

on Pennsylvania. 

Laws. 

Letter to Mr. Penn 

about his surrender 

and laws. 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges in 

answer to his about 

trade to Venice. 

Virginia. 

Letter from Col. 

Nicholson. 

Publick papers. 



October 12. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The quaeres to Mr. Attorney General relating to the laws of 
Pennsylvania [fo. 52, 71], as ordered in yesterday's minutes, were 
agreed and sent. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Penn to know whether he 
desire the Board should proceed to a report to her Majesty upon 
his proposals for a surrender of his government of Pennsylvania 
singly [fo. 44, 57], without staying for a determination about 
the laws. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 3rd July, 
24th August and 14th of September last [fo. 35, 45], upon 
Mr. Broughton's papers relating to the trade to Venice,* was signed. 

A letter from Colonel Nicholson, Governor of Virginia, dated the 
25th of July last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid 
before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

Address of the Assembly to her Majesty upon the success of 

her arms near the Danube. 
Address of the Grand Jury to her Majesty, congratulating the 

success of her Majesty's arms near the Danube, and thanking 

her Majesty for continuing Colonel Nicholson Governor of 

Virginia. 
Address to her Majesty from the Assembly [fo. 58], justifying 

themselves from the misrepresentations of Colonel Robert 

Quary. 
List of tythables and of the tobacco levyed upon them in 

April, 1705. 
Copies of several proclamations &c. 
Dockets of causes tried in the several County Courts in 

Virginia, from 1703 to 1705. 
Colonel Carter, late Treasurer's account made up with the 

Assembly begining Aprill 28th, 1704, and ending the 

2nd December following. 
Account of the quit-rents &c. for the year 1704. 
An account of the revenue of 2 shillings per hogshead &c. 

from the 25th October, 1704, to the 25th of Aprill, 1705. 
An account of the revenue of 2 shillings per hogshead from 

the 25th April, 1705, to the 20th July following, as also an 

account of the salary due to Colonel Nicholson. 
Mr. Treasurer Beverley's account of the impositions on 

liquors, servants and slaves to May, 1705. 
An account of the money ordered by the General Assembly 

in Aprill, 1705. 
Copy of the rent rolls of the several counties for the year 

1704. 



* Lin right hand margin.] Treaty of Commerce, fo. 331. 



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169 



A copy of Mr. Robert Beverley's letter and papers sent to 

the General Assembly, with their proceedings thereon. 
An abstract from the reports of the Committee of Publick 

Claims in Aprill, 1705. 
List of patents for land signed the 2nd of May, 1705. 
Proceedings of the Governor and Councill relating to the 

ship[s] Strumbelo, Orford and Hastings, and the fleet bound 

out for their convoy, 1705. 
Copies of the answers sent by the several vestries to Colonel 

Nicholson's orders with Sir Edward Northey's opinion 

concerning induction of ministers &c. 
Abstract of naval officers' fists of ships cleared outwards 

from May, 1704 to the 22nd July, 1705. 
Naval officers' lists of ships cleared outward from May, 1704, 

to the 22nd July, 1705. 

the 8th of August, 1704, to the 

inclusive. 

the 19th of Aprill, 1705, to the 



1705. 



from 
170$, 



Minutes of Councill 
10th of February 
Minutes of Councill from 
30th of June following. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 18th Aprill, 1705, 

to the 12th of May following. 
Minutes of Assembly from the 18th of Aprill, 1705, to the 

12th of May following. 
Seven Acts past at a General Assembly in Aprill, 1705. 
Ordered that a letter be prepared [fo. 59] for transmitting the 
forementioned addresses to Mr. Secretary Hedges, to be laid before 
her Majesty at a convenient opportunity. 

A letter from Colonel Winthrop, Governor of Connecticut, to the 
Board, dated the 15th of March, 170|, wherein he acknowledges the 
receipt of their letters about coin and a day of thanksgiving, and 
gives some account of the Mohegans' complaints &c, was read 
[H./o. 465; fo. 166]. 

A letter from Mr. Clifford [fo. 23 &c] desiring that the States 
may be moved to permit him to sell his estate in Surinam &c, and 
that they may account for some sugars belonging to him since his 
coming from that colony, was laid before the Board. 

October 15. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Perm attending [fo. 53, 59], and being asked whether he 
would have his proposals for a surrender represented to her Majesty 
without staying for a determination upon the laws, he said that he 
did not desire the said proposals should be reported untill the 
laws of Pennsylvania (not objected against) be confirmed, unless he 
can have an assurance that the said laws shall receive her Majesty's 
confirmation afterwards ; however he desired their lordships 
would proceed so far as to draw up and agre« their report, that it 
may be ready to be laid before her Majesty at the same time with 
the laws. 

Mr. Dummer presented to the Board an account of the West 
India correspondence, how it was propounded and how it has since 
been performed. 



Virginia. 

Two addresses sent 

to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges. 

Connecticut. 

Letter from Col. 

Winthrop, Governor. 



Miscellanies. 

Letter from Mr. 

Clifford about selling 

his estate in Surinam. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn about sur- 
render and law. 



Plantations General. 

Account of West 
India correspondence 
from Mr. Dummer. 



170 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 58-61. 



1705. 
Virginia. 

Col. Quary about 

complaint against 

him. 

Two Convoys a year 
xvill be prejudical 
to the trade of Vir- 
ginia and Maryland. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about Mr. 
Penn's surrender. 

Virginia. 

Three addresses sent 

to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges. 

New York. 

Livingston's commis- 
sion for Secretary 
of the Indian affaires, 
<kc. 

Maryland. 

Letter from Col. 
Seymour. 

Publick papers. 



Paper about a French 

prize sent to Mr. 

Lowndes. 

Letter to Mr Attorney 
General with extract 
of Col. Seymour' s 
letter about Papists. 



Letter to Lord 

Baltemore to attend 

thereupon. 



Colonel Quary attending, and being asked some questions about 
the address of the Assembly of Virginia, relating to himself, and 
mentioned in the minutes of the last meeting [fo. 54], he said he 
had seen the same in Virginia, and would give their lordships an 
answer thereunto in writing [fo. 75], as also an account of several 
other things, and particularly of the detriment that will accrue to 
the Virginia and Maryland trade by sending two convoys a year. 

October 16. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 57, 93], upon Mr. Penn's 
proposal for surrendering his government of Pennsylvania to her 
Majesty, was agreed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [Jo. 56, 120, 175], inclosing 
three addresses from Virginia to be presented to her Majesty, as 
directed in the minutes of the 12th instant, was signed. 

The copy of a commission constituting Mr. Robert Livingston 
town clerk, clerk of the peace and clerk of the common pleas in 
the county and city of Albany, and secretary for the Indian affaires 
at New Yorke, was read. 

A letter from Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland, dated 
the 29th of September, 1704 [Jo. 51, 115] was read, and the papers 
therein refer'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 
Copy of Captain Richard Johnson's narrative of his proceed- 
ings in obtaining his liberty and bringing in the French 
ship prize to Maryland, dated August the 10th, 1704. 
Copy of Colonel Seymour's letter to the Councill and their 
answer, about the condemnation and disposition of a French 
vessell brought in prize there, dated September 9th, 1704. 
Which last paper having been formerly received from Colonel Quary, 
was sent to Mr. Lowndes the 23rd of January last, to be laid before 
the Lord High Treasurer. 

Ordered that copies of paragraphs C and D in the foresaid letter 
of Colonel Seymour's relating to papists and priests in Maryland, 
and an extract of the Lord Baltemore's patent [Maryland Entries, 
volume 1st, fo. 3] relating to ecclesiastical power, be sent to 
Mr. Attorney General [fo. 72] for his opinion whether the laws of 
England against Romish priests be in force in the Plantations, 
and whether her Majesty may not direct Jesuits (as Romish priests) 
to be turned out of Maryland. 

Further ordered that the Lord Baltemore be acquainted [Jo. 66] 
that the Board are desirous to speak with him on Fryday morning 
next. 



Barbados. 

Agents' memorial 

about prejudice of 

settling rate of foreign 

coin. 



October 17. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Clealand and Mr. Holder presented to the Board a 
memorial [fo. 3, 67, 71] from themselves and the other agents of 
Barbados relating to the ill state the island is reduced to by the 
putting in execution her Majesty's proclamation for regulating the 
rates of foreign comes in the Plantations, and desiring some speedy 



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171 



remedy therein, was read ; and they being acquainted that that 
matter now stands refer'd to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion 
therein, they said they would attend Mr. Attorney General and 
procure his speedy report. 

Mr. Lilhngton and Mr. Bernard presented [fo. 28 &c. complaints] 
to their lordships an Order of Councill of the 11th instant, refering 
to the Board the petition of George Lilhngton, esquire, late of her 
Majesty's Councill in Barbados [fo. 64], complaining of the proceedings 
of the Superior Court there against him for misdemeanor, and the 
imposing a fine of 2,000Z. upon him, and praying that copies of the 
commission by which the said Court sat, the summons and returns 
of the Jurors to serve in the said Court, and the deposition of Thomas 
Lesley (the only witness against the said Lilhngton), and all other 
proceedings and papers relating to the said Lilhngton's tryal, may 
be transmitted hither under the seal of that island, and that some 
person or persons may be appointed or commanded by her Majesty 
to summon and take the depositions of such witnesses as the 
petitioner hath there to prove the truth of the allegations set forth 
in his petition, and to certify the same under the seal of the island, 
to the end that, if it shall appear that the petitioner hath been 
unjustly dealt with, her Majesty be pleased to reverse the said 
sentence, or remit the said fine. 

The said Lilhngton and Bernard further presented to their 
lordships a copy of Sir Beville Granville's order to Robert Gibbs, 
deputy auditor of her Majesty's revenue, for receiving the foresaid 
fine of 2,000£., together with a copy of his receipt to Mr. Lilhngton 
for the same ; and they desired their lordships would please to 
dispatch their report to her Majesty thereupon. 

Upon consideration of the whole matter, their lordships agreed 
to represent [fo. 64] that her Majesty be pleased to direct that 
exemplifications of the commission and of all proceedings and 
papers relating to the said Lilhngton's tryal be transmitted to her 
Majesty in Councill under the seal of the island, and that a com- 
mission of inquiry be directed to a quorum of the Councill, or to any 
other persons her Majesty shall think fit, to take affidavits, according 
to the prayer of the petition, and that in the meantime her Majesty 
would order the 2,000Z. to remain in the hands of the deputy auditor 
till her Majesty's pleasure be known. 

Ordered that the agents of Barbados [fo. 64] have notice to 
attend the Board to-morrow morning. 



1705. 



Order of Councill on 

Lillington' s petition 

relating to proceedings 

of Superior Court 

against him. 



Barbados. 

Copy of the Governor's 

order to the deputy 

auditor for receiving 

Mr. Lillington s fine 

and of his receipt 

for it. 

Heads of a report to 
be drawn. 



Agents summon' d. 



October 18. Present : — Mr. Cecil!, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the report to be made 
upon the Order of Councill (mentioned in yesterday's minutes) 
relating to Mr. Lilhngton's petition [fo. 61, 65, 66], and gave 
directions for drawing the same to the like effect as was resolved 
at the last meeting [fo. 63, 66], vizt., that the Councill, or a quorum 
thereof, or such other persons as her Majesty shall appoint, be 
impowered to take in Barbados depositions relating to his tryal 
as shall be brought to them in w-riting to the particulars mentioned 
in the prayer of the petition, those depositions to be transmitted 



Barbados. 

Lillington. 



172 



JOURNAL OP THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 64-67. 



1705. 



Col. Cleland, dec, 
for copy of Lilling- 
ton's petition. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Lillington' s peti- 
tion in behalf of his 
cozen, George Lil- 
lington, relating to 
his fine. 



Report on Lillington's 
petition. 



Proceedings against 

Lillington under the 

seal of Barbados. 



Maryland. 

Lord Baltemore about 

Papists. 



Proprieties. 
Plantations General. 



to her Majesty in Councill, and copies thereof to be communicated 
to the persons concerned there who shall desire the same. 

Mr. Clealand and Mr. Holder, agents of Barbados, attending 
[fo. 63], and desiring a copy of Mr. Lillington's said petition, they 
were told that their lordships did not think it proper to give such 
copy till they had reported their opinion to her Majesty, but after 
that would give them whatever might be fit. 

October 19. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Roger Lillington attending, presented to the Board a petition 
in behalf of Mr. George Lillington [fo. 64, &c. 66], late of the Councill of 
Barbadoes, praying that the fine of 2,000Z. laid upon the said George 
Lillington by a Court of Oyer and Terminer, for speaking reflectingly 
of Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados (which fine he has 
paid to the deputy auditor of the said island) may be returned to 
the said George Lillington upon his giving sufficient security for 
repaying the same there, when the matters upon that head now 
depending before her Majesty shall be determined, was read ; 
and their lordships agreed to report the same to her Majesty 
accordingly. 

Then their lordships again took into consideration the report 
to be made upon the Order of Councill upon Mr. Lillington's petition 
[fo. 64, 68] (mentioned in yesterday's minutes), and made a further 
progress therein. 

Colonel Clealand and Mr. Holder, agents of Barbados [fo. 64, 65], 
attending, acquainted the Board that Sir John Stanley had received 
the proceedings of a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in Barbados 
the 14th of June, 1705, under the great seal of the island, containing 
the tryal of Mr. Lillington and others ; and that Sir John would 
be in town to-morrow, when they promis'd [fo. 68] to bring the said 
proceedings to the Board. 

The Lord Baltemore attending [fo. 60, 72], part of paragraphs C 
and D of Colonel Seymour's letter of the 29th of September, 1704, 
relating to the assiduity of the Papists and Jesuits in Maryland to 
promote their superstitions, their consecrating chappels and 
entring into the houses of Protestants when dying, terrifying them 
with damnation to change their religion, and publickly saying Mass 
in their chappel at St. Mary's whilst the County Court was sitting 
there, was read ; to which his lordship answered that he knew not 
of any Jesuits going to Maryland since his coming from thence, 

which is now about years ago, nor of above four in all that 

are now there ; and that as to Masses being publickly said when 
the County Court was sitting, he did believe that might happen 
by the said Courts sitting on a holiday, but that the chappell was 
half a mile from thence. His lordship added that he would not 
incourage anything that was irregular or unwarrantable, and at 
the same time promis'd to write to his friends and correspondents 
in Maryland [fo. 160] to prevent the like proceedings for the future ; 
which their lordships ordered to be accordingly writ to the Governor. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorny General for his 
speedy answer to the letter writ him ye 4th July last [fo. 3, 71] 



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173 



1705. 
relating to the disobedience of ye Propriety Governments to her Letter to Mr. Attorney 
Majesty's proclamation for settling the rates of foreign coin in the Coine. 

Plantations. 



October 22. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Colonel Cleland, one of the agents of Barbados 
[fo. 66], inclosing the proceedings of a Court of Oyer and Terminer 
held there the 13th of June last, under the seal of that island, 
containing the tryal of George Lillington, esquire, and others, 
was laid before the Board ; and their lordships thereupon went 
through with the report [Jo. 66, 81, 83] (mentioned in the minutes 
of the 19th instant) relating to the said Lillington, and signed the 
same, as also a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the said 
report. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 19th instant for preparing the 
draught of a circular letter to the Governors of Jamaica, Barbados 
and the Leeward Islands to be aiding, assisting and incouraging 
to the agents appointed for the management of prizes in their several 
Governments, and to interpose with their authority and advice in 
all differences that may arise between the said agents and the 
captains of her Majesty's ships of war and others concerned, and to 
transmit from time to time all manner of proceedings relating to 
prizes, was read, and directions thereupon given for preparing 
the said draught of a letter accordingly [Jo. 70]. 

A letter from Mr. James Campbell of the 18th instant [fo. 24, 169], 
relating to advices he has received from his correspondents at 
Newfoundland of the continued incursions which the French make 
there &c. And proposing that a packet boat be settled for corres- 
ponding with Newfoundland, was read ; and thereupon a letter to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges inclosing the same, was signed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to the like effect as 
that to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing a copy of the said Campbell's 
letter, and to desire to know what intelligence he may have received 
from the commander of this year's convoy, or otherwise, relating 
to Newfoundland. 



Barbados. 

Letter from Col. 
Cleland with the tryal 
of Mr. Lillington. 



Jamaica. 
Barbados. 
Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Mr. 

Lowndes about 

draught of circular 

letters relating to 

prizes. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges with one from 

Campbel about state 

of Newfoundland. 



The like to Mr. 
Burchet. 



October 23. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The draught of a circular letter to the Governors of Jamaica, 
Barbados and the Leeward Islands [fo. 68], in pursuance of 
Mr. Lowndes's letter relating to prizes (mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes) was agreed ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to 
Mr. Anthony Burnaby, secretary to the Commissioners of Prizes 
[fo. 75], inclosing a copy thereof to be laid before the said Com- 
missioners, for their information and answer. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General inclosing 
an Act past at Nevis the 20th of June last, intituled An Act for 
quieting John Panton, esqr., his heires and assigns in the possession 
of a certain parcell of land ivith the improvements thereon made in 
St. Christopher's, for his opinion thereupon in point of law, and 
particularly inquiring whether the letters patent mentioned in 



Jamaica. 

Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter about agents 
for prizes. 



Nevis. 

Act sent to Mr. 
Attorney General. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 71-74. 



1705. 



Barbados. 

Col. Cleland with 

depositions taken in 

Barbados relating to 

Mr. Colleton. 

Letter to Sir John 
Colleton. 

Plantations General. 

Mr. Attorney 

OeneraVs report about 

coin. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Attorney 

OeneraVs answer to 

quaeres about laws 

of Pennsylvania. 

Letter to Mr. Penn 

with copy thereof. 

Maryland. 

Mr. Attorney 

OeneraVs report about 

Papists. 



New Jersey. 

Mr. Attorney 
OeneraVs answer to 
letter about fines, for- 
feitures, &c. 



the said Act be good and valid, as being granted before tryal and 
conviction. 

Colonel Cleland attending, presented to the Board several 
depositions which he has lately received from Barbados in favour 
of Mr. James Colleton [N. fo. 156], shewing that he had not any 
ways given obstruction to the course of justice in a cause depending 
between himself and Sir John Colleton ; whereupon ordered that a 
letter be writ to Sir John Colleton to acquaint him therewith, 
and that he may see the said depositions when he will call here. 

Mr. Attorney General's report in answer to the letter writ him 
the 4th July last [fo. 67] relating to her Majesty's proclamation for 
settling the rates of foreign coin in the Plantations, was read ; 
and directions were given [fo. 72] for preparing a representation to 
her Majesty thereupon. 

Mr. Attorney General's answer to the several quaeres sent him 
the 12th instant relating to the laws of Pennsylvania &c .[fo. 53, 78] 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Penn 
inclosing a copy of the said answer. 

A report from Mr. Attorney General in answer to the letter writ 
him the 16th instant [fo. 60, 66], relating to Papists, Jesuits and 
Romish priests in Maryland, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that the Lord Baltemore be acquainted [fo. 76] that the Board 
desire to speak with him on Fryday morning next. 

Mr. Attorney General's answer to a letter writ him the 6th of 
July last [fo. 6] relating to fines, forfeitures and escheats, as also to 
the power of appointing rangers of woods in New Jersey, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that copies thereof be sent to the 
Lord Corn bury, Mr. Docmenique and Mr. Dockwra for their 
information. 



Plantations General. 
Coine. 



Barbados merchants 
to attend. 



October 24. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a repre- 
sentation upon Mr. Attorney General's report relating to her 
Majesty's proclamation for settling the rates of foreign coines in 
the Plantations, and made a progess therein [fo. 71, 73, 84]. And 
ordered that Mr. Bridges and some of the Barbados merchants 
[fo. 61 and infra] have notice to attend their lordships to-morrow 
morning. 



Barbados. 

Agents about foreign 
coine. 



October 25. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir John Stanley, Mr. Bridges, Colonel Cleland and Mr. Holder, 
agents for Barbados, attending [vide supra], they were ask'd several 
questions upon the memorial they presented to the Board the 17th 
instant [fo. 61] relating to her Majesty's proclamation for settling 
the rates of foreign coines in the Plantations. They said that since 
the putting the said proclamation in execution in Barbados that 
island was drained of all its current money, but they did not look 
upon that to be the effect of the proclamation, but of the ballance 
of trade ; for sugar being at a high rate in Barbados, and not bearing 



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175 



a proportionable price there was no profit to be made by the returns 
of sugars for goods sent from hence, so that the merchants chose 
rather to make their returns in money than in goods, which is the 
true reason of the present scarcity of money in that island ; and 
it either is or will be so in all the other Plantations ; but when the 
ballance of trade shall be turned, money will be brought thither 
again as formerly. They desired that the proclamation might not 
be repealed, nor even suspended (which would be equally prejudicial), 
but that it might be inforced by her Majesty's letters to all her 
Governors and to the Propriety and Charter Governments, requiring 
them to give a due and punctual obedience to the same. Then 
their lordships communicated to these gentlemen Mr. Attorney 
General's report [fo. 71], and the petition of the merchants of 
New Yorke to the Lord Cornbury upon the same subject, and they 
promised to bring observations thereupon on Tuesday morning 
next [fo. 82]. 

A letter from Mr. Anthony Bumaby, secretary to the Com- 
missioners of Prizes, returning the draught of a circular letter 
relating [to] prizes [jo. 70, 77] which had been sent him the 23rd 
instant, with some small amendments, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that the said circular letter be transcribed fair to be laid 
before her Majesty. 



1705. 



Attorney General's 

report about coin read 

to 'em. 



Jamaica. 

Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Mr. 

Bumaby with draught 

of circularletter about 

prizes. 



October 26. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Quary presented to their lordships a memorial in answer 
to the address from the Assembly of Virginia against him [fo. 58, 76, 
120], mentioned in the minutes of the 12th instant, which their 
lordships resolved to take into consideration at the first 
opportunity. 

Whereas amongst the papers mention'd in the minutes of the 
12th instant to be received from Colonel Nicholson, there are copies 
of letters from Mr. Robert Beverley transmitting to the Assembly 
of Virginia extracts of a memorial from Colonel Quary to this 
Board, dated the 20th of July, 1703, reflecting upon the people 
of that province ; the secretary acquainted the Board that he had 
looked over all Colonel Quary's letters and memorials since the 
year 1700, and could not find any such thing as is contained in 
the forementioned extract. Whereupon their lordships resolved 
in their next letter to Colonel Nott to write to him upon this 
matter. 

The Lord Baltemore attending, their lordships communicated 
to him Mr. Attorney General's report relating to Papists in Maryland 
[fo. 72],* whereupon his lordship said that he intended to write to 
his agents and friends there [fo. 160] to caution them against what 
Colonel Seymour had complained of, and promis'd to send their 
lordships an extract of his letter upon that subject. 



Virginia. 

Memorial from Col. 
Quary in answer to 
an address against 
him from Virginia. 



Virginia. 



Col. Nott to be writ 
to about papers ob- 
tained by Beverly 
out of this office. 



Maryland. 

Lord Baltemore 
about Papists, &c. 



* [In right hand margin.] Acts about Popery, folio 118. 



176 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 76-79. 



1705. 
Miscellanies. 

Incidents. 



Letter to Lord 
Treasurer with ac- 
counts of incidents. 
Jamaica. 
Barbados. 
Leeward Islands. 
Letter about prize 
officers. 

Letter to Mr. 
Lowndes thereupon. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Kirton for 
copies of papers. 



One refused, the other 
granted. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn about 
his laws. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about advertisement 
by Mr. Dummer to 
be published in the 
Spanish and Dutch 
Plantations. 



The secretary's accounts of petty expences amount- 
ing to . . 29Z. 4s. %d. 

Mr. Churchill's account of stationary ware amounting 

to 221. 0s. 8d. 

Mr. Short's account of postage of letters amounting 

to 89Z. 4s. Od. 

Mr. Clark's account of wood and coales amounting 

to 34Z. 4s. 9d. 



Being for one quarter, from Midsummer, 1705, 

amounting in the whole to . . . . . . 1741. lis. Id. 

were laid before the Board, and a letter to the Lord Treasurer, 
desiring his lordship's orders for payment thereof, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 75] inclosing the draughts 
of circular letters for her Majesty's signature to the Governors of 
Jamaica, Barbados and the Leeward Islands, relating to the prize 
officers, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed and a letter 
writ to Mr. Lowndes giving him notice thereof. 

Mr. John Kirton attending, and desiring of their lordships a copy 
of the petition of several gentlemen concerned in the island of 
Barbados in behalf of Sir Beville Granville, which was received at 
the Board the 8th of February last, as also a copy of the report 
of this Board of the 29th of March last upon the complaints exhibited 
against Sir Beville Granville, he was told that the Board's report 
having been made to her Majesty in Council!, their lordships could 
not give copies of it without her Majesty' leave ; but as for the 
other paper, their lordships ordered a copy to be given him 
accordingly. 

Mr. Penn attending, he said that Mr. Attorney General's late 
report upon his laws [fo. 71, 106] need not be any hindrance to 
their lordships laying the said laws before her Majesty, because 
those laws were most, if not all, of them past by himself (and not 
his Lieutenant Governor) in the year 1700 and 1701 ; however he 
promis'd in a few days to give their lordships a more particular 
account of that matter, and he agreed that such laws as are objected 
against by the Board and Mr. Attorney General be laid before her 
Majesty to be repealed. 

Mr. Dummer presented to their lordships a letter from 
Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 24th instant [fo. 80], refering to this 
Board an advertisement proposed by Mr. Dummer to be published 
in the Spanish and Dutch plantations in America, relating to the 
sending of letters and packets to and from those parts to Europe 
by his packet boats, and further directing the Board to consider 
of establishing a more frequent correspondence between England 
and Newfoundland, was read ; whereupon Mr. Dummer said that 
as for the later part relating to Newfoundland, he could not under- 
take it. And their lordships acquainted Mr. Dummer that they 
did not think it adviseable to publish the advertisement in the 
Dutch plantations, because they are not allowed to have any com- 
merce or intercourse with our plantations in America, which 
Mr. Dummer agreed to. Nor did their lordships think it fitting 



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177 



1705. 



that it should be published in the Spanish West Indies by authority 
from hence, because of the jealousy it might give the Spaniards of 
their plantations trading with ours. To which Mr. Dummer reply 'd 
that the Spaniards have given us leave to trade in all their dominions 
by a declaration lately published at Madrid, a copy whereof he 
promised to bring to their lordships on Monday next [fo. 80], and 
in the meantime he desired their lordships would please to write a 
circular letter to all the Governors in America, recommending to 
them his undertaking of carrying on a constant intelligence between 
England and the Plantations [fo. 80] ; whereupon their lordships 
gave directions for preparing such letters accordingly. 

October 29. Present :— Mr. Ceeill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Dummer attending, acquainted their lordships that he had 
not yet been able to procure the declaration which he mentioned 
at the last meeting [fo. 79], permitting the Spaniards to trade with 
England ; but that Sir William Hodges had it [fo. 84] and would 
send it to the Board if their lordships would write for it : where- 
upon ordered that a letter be writ to him accordingly. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 24th 
instant [fo. 78, 92] upon Mr. Hummer's proposals for an advertise- 
ment to be published in the Spanish West Indies relating to his 
packet boats (mentioned in the last minutes), was signed. 

Circular letters to all her Majesty's Governors in America [fo. 79] 
that they should favour Mr. Dummer's undertaking, were signed 
and given to Mr. Dummer. 

An Order of Councill of the 26th instant refering to the Board 
a petition of Colonel Thomas Maycock [fo. 28 &c. complaints], com- 
plaining of proceedings against him in the High Court of Chancery in 
Barbados at the suit of Josias Harrison, who obtained (whilst the 
petitioner was in England) a sequestration against his whole estate, 
contrary to the usual practice of the Court of Chancery in England, 
as well as that of Barbados, and praying that all proceedings against 
him may be discharged and his estate restored, was read ; and after 
some discourse with Colonel Maycock thereupon, ordered that the 
said order and petition be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his 
opinion [fo. 125] what her Majesty may do in point of law for the 
petitioner's relief, that their lordships may be thereby inabled to 
report thereupon. 

October 30. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Ceeill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 26th instant, upon a 
representation of the 22nd ditto [Jo. 68, 83], relating to the petition 
of Mr. George Lilhngton, approving the said representation, and 
directing that the papers desired by the petitioner be transmitted, 
that the Governor name two of the Justices of the Peace, and the 
petitioner the other two, who are to take the affidavits desired by 
the petitioner, and that the deponents be cross-examined, was 
read. 



Circular letters to be 

writ in favour of 

Mr. Dummer. 



Trade. 

Mr. Dummer about 
Spanish trade with 

England. 

Letter to Sir William 

Hodges thereupon. 

Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges upon Mr. 
Dummer's advertise- 
ments to be published 
in the Spanish 
West Indies. 
Circular letters in 
favour of Mr. 
Dummer. 

Barbados. 

Order of Councill of 
26th inst. on May- 
cock's petition 
complaining of the 
Court of Chancery 
in Barbados. 



Letter for Mr. 
Attorney General for 
his opinion thereon. 



Barbados. 

Order of Councill on 
representation rela- 
ting to Lillington. 



Wt. 16557 



M 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 82-85. 



1705. 
Jamaica. 

Order of Councill on 

representation for a 

new counsellor. 

Barbados. 

Col. Cleland, &c, 
about coine. 



They desire copy of 

report on Lillingtons 

petition. 

Refused. 



Leeward Islands. 

Acts. 



Sent to Mr. 
Attorney Oenerall. 

Caveats against four 
of them. 



Antego. 

Mr. Attorney 
General's report on 
Acts. 



Trade. 

Letter from Sir 

William Hodges about 

Duke of Anjou's 

permission for 

neutral ships to trade 

&c. 



Plantations General. 

Merchants summoned 
about coine. 



The copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th instant, upon a 
representation of the 25th of September last [fo. 42], proposing 
Colonel Edmund Edlin to be of the Councill of Jamaica, approving 
the said representation, was read. 

Colonel Cleland and Mr. Holder attending [fo. 73, 84], they 
acquainted their lordships that they had consulted the Barbados 
merchants in relation to her Majesty's proclamation for settling 
the rates of foreign coines in the Plantations, who unanimously 
agree that the repealing or suspending the execution of the pro- 
clamation would be of ruinous consequence ; for it is not that 
proclamation that causes the scarcity of coine in Barbados and 
other the Plantations, but the ballance of trade : and therefore 
they all desired that her Majesty's letters might be writ to inforce 
the execution of her Majesty's proclamation in all the Plantations, 
and offering some further reasons for not suspending the said 
proclamation, they were desired to put the same in writing, which 
they promised to do accordingly. 

Then these gentlemen desired their lordships would please to 
give them a copy of their late report to her Majesty [fo. 68, 81, 87] 
upon the petition of Mr. George Lillington of Barbados ; whereupon 
they were told that it having been presented to her Majesty, the 
Board could not give a copy of it without her Majesty's leave. 

Several Acts past at Nevis in the months of March and July 
last [fo. 32, 266], as also Acts past at a General Assembly of all 
the Leeward Islands held at Nevis in June last, lately received 
from Colonel Jory, were laid before the Board ; and thereupon 
ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his 
opinion in point of law thereupon. 

A caveat, in the name of Mr. Stephen Du Port against the 
confirming two of the foresaid Acts past at the General Assembly 
of all the Leeward Islands [Jo. 279, 308], and another caveat in the 
name of Colonel Joseph Crisp against the confirming two other 
of the said Acts, were laid before the Board, and their lordships 
resolved to take the said caveats into consideration when the said 
Acts shall be returned from Mr. Attorney General. 

The Acts past at a General Assembly held at Antego in February 
and March, 170|, and June and July, 1704 [fo. 88], with 
Mr Attorney General's report thereupon, were read, and directions 
given for preparing a representation for laying the said Acts before 
her Majesty. 

A letter from Sir William Hodges, in answer to one writ him 
yesterday [fo. 80, 85], giving an account of the permission granted 
by the Duke of Anjou to neutral ships to trade in all the ports of 
Spain and the Canaries, was read. 

October 31. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships taking into further consideration the matter of 
the coin in the Plantations [Jo. 72, 82. 89, 91], ordered that some 
of the merchants trading to New Yorke, Virginia, Maryland, Penn- 
sylvania, Jamaica and the Leeward Islands, have notice to attend 
the Board on Friday morning next. 



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FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



179 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, desiring of him a copy of the 
Duke of Anjou's declaration [fo. 84, 215] relating to the trade of 
Spain to be carryed on in Spanish and neutral ships, refer'd to in 
Sir William Hodges 's letter mentioned in yesterday's minutes, 
was signed. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, dated 
the 24th of June last, was read, and four Acts past at an Assembly 
there the 4th of the same month, were laid before the Board. 

Another letter from Sir Beville Granville, dated the 16th of July 
last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the 
Board, vizt. : 

Proceedings of a Court of Oyer and Terminer from the 12th 

to the 15th June last. 
Minutes of the Assembly from the 28th of November, 1704, 

to the 18th June last. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 20th February, 170|, 
to the 4th June last. 
A letter from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of the 
Leeward Islands, dated at St. Christopher's the 4th and 27th of 
July last, was read ; and upon paragraph B in the said letter relating 
to the trade to St. Thomas [fo. 87], ordered that the agents have 
notice to attend their lordships to-morrow. 

Minutes of Councill of all the Leeward Islands from the 

23rd May, 1705, to the 25th June following. And 
Minutes of Assembly of all the Leeward Islands from the 
23rd May, 1705, to the 25th June following, being lately 
received from Colonel Jory, were laid before the Board. 
A letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 18th of July last, was 
read ; and the minutes of Assembly of Jamaica, from the 25th of 
April to the 13th of June, 1704, were laid before the Board. 

Another letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 12th of August last, 
was read, and the papers therein refer'd to were laid before the 
Board, vizt. : 

Minutes of Councill from the 10th of July, 1705, to the 

10th of August following. 
Minutes of Assembly from the 10th of July, 1705, to the 
9th of August, following. 
Ordered that letters be prepared [fo. 88] in answer to the fore- 
going letters from the Governors of Jamaica, Barbados and the 
Leeward Islands. 

November 1. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Richard Cary, agent for Antigoa [fo. 86, 91], 
in answer to one writ him yesterday, signifying that he had received 
no instructions in relation to the trade of St. Thomas, was read. 

Mr. Lillington and Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 83, 90], desired 
a copy of their lordships' report of the 22nd of the last month upon 
the petition of Mr. Lillington, of Barbados, that they might compare 
the same with her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 26th of the 
said month thereupon ; for they conceived the said order as it 



1705. 
Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges for copy of 

the Duke of Anjou's 

declaration about 

trade to Spain. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Sir 
Bevil Granville with 

four Acts. 

Another letter from 

him. 



Papers therein 
refer'd to. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Col. 
Johnson. 

Agents to attend. 



Minutes of Councill 
and Assembly. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from Col. 

Handasyd with 

Minutes of Assembly. 

Letter from Col. 
Handasyd. 

Papers therein 
refer'd to. 



Jamaica. 

Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letters to be writ 
the Governors. 



Antigoa. 

Letter from Mr. Cary 

about trade to St. 

Thomas. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Lillington and 
Bernard about copy 
of report on Lilling- 
ton's petition, cfcc, 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 88-90. 



1705. 



Antegoa. 

Representation on 
Acta. 

Jamaica. 

Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letters to the 

Governors. 



Barbados. 

Letter to the agents 
about hurricane 

in Barbados. 
Leeward Islands. 
Instructions from 

thence to the 

agents about trade 

to Curacoa. 

Letters to them 
thereon. 

Jamaica. 

Coin. 



Pennsylvania. 

Copies of Mr. Penn's 
charter to Phila- 
delphia and 
Pennsylvania, cfcc. 

Mr. Penn summoned 
thereupon. 

Barbados. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Lillington about 

default in the order 

of Councill relating 

to his couzen. 



Copy of the 

representation refused 

without her 

Majesty's leave. 



was drawn would be of no use to them in Barbados : whereupon 
they were acquainted that the Board having made their report 
to her Majesty, they could not give copies thereof without her 
Majesty's leave [fo. 83], that they had refused the same already 
to Colonel Cleland, one of the Governor's agents. And they were 
further told that if they did not think the said order sufficient, 
they might also make their application to her Majesty, if they 
thought fitting. 

A representation upon the Acts past at Antegoa in February and 
March, 170f, and June and July, 1704 [fo. 84, 157, 158], for repealing 
two and confirming one of the said Acts, was signed. 

Letters to the Governors of Jamaica, Barbados and the Leeward 
Islands [fo. 87], as directed in yesterday's minutes, were signed. 



November 2. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 

Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Ordered that a letter be writ to the agents of Barbados to know 
if they have had any account of the late hurricane at that island. 

The instructions from the Lieutenant Governor and General 
Assembly of all the Leeward Islands to their agents here, inserted 
at the later end of the minutes of the General Councill of the said 
islands from the 23rd May, 1705, to the 25th June following, were 
read ; and thereupon ordered that Colonel Jory and Mr. Richard 
Cary have notice [fo. 91] to attend the Board on Tuesday morning 
next. 

Some Jamaica merchants attending [fo. 84, 91], they were 
acquainted with the difficulties that some of the Plantations laboured 
under, in relation to her Majesty's proclamation for settling the 
rates of foreign coin in the Plantations, and a copy of the said 
proclamation was communicated to them ; whereupon they 
promised to bring their thoughts in writing on Tuesday morning 
next. 

Copy of Mr. Penn's charter to the city of Philadelphia, dated 
the 25th of October, 1701, as also copy of his Charter of Priviledges 
to the people of Pennsylvania, dated the 28th of October, 1701, 
were laid before the Board, and the first of the said charters read ; 
and thereupon ordered that Mr. Penn have notice to attend their 
lordships [fo. 93] on Tuesday or Thursday next in the morning. 

Mr. Lillington and Mr. Bernard presented to their lordships a 
memorial [fo. 87, 128], setting forth that by reason of several defects 
(as they conceived) in the Order of Councill of the 26th of October 
upon their lordships' representation of the 22nd of the same month, 
relating to Mr. George Lillington, of Barbados, the said order will 
be ineffectual, and therefore praying their lordships would give 
them a copy of the said representation, that they may thereby be 
inabled to make such proper applications for rectifying the said 
Order as shall be thought necessary, which was read ; whereupon 
they were told (as yesterday), that their lordships could not do it 
without her Majesty's leave, and that therefore they might, if they 
thought fit. make their application to her Majesty [fo. 128]. 



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181 



November 6. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Cary attending, as directed at the last meeting [fo. 87, 89], 
and being asked whether he had anything to offer in relation to 
the trade to St. Thomas, he said that he had no instructions from 
the Island of Antego to move upon that matter, and therefore had 
nothing to offer thereupon. 

Colonel Jory attending, and being asked the same question as 
Mr. Cary [fo. 89], he said that he had nothing to add to what was 
inserted in the instructions to him, which are at the end of the 
minutes of the General Councill of all the Leeward Islands, held 
from the 23rd May, 1705, to the 25th June following. 

Colonel Blakiston and Mr. Hyde attending in behalf of Virginia 
and Maryland, Colonel Lodwick and Mr. Congreve, in behalf of 
New Yorke, Mr. Johnson in behalf of Carolina, together with 
Colonel Quary [fo. 84, 89], they were acquainted with the difficulties 
some of the Plantations laboured under in relation to her Majesty's 
proclamation for settling the rates of foreign coins in the Plantations. 
Whereupon they all agreed that it would be of ill consequence that 
the proclamation should be left in force in some of the Plantations 
and not in others, and were therefore of opinion that all the 
Plantations should be bound or loose, as well Proprieties as others : 
whereupon their lordships resolved to take this matter into further 
consideration. 



1705. 



Leeward Islands. 

Mr. Cary about 
trade to St. Thomas. 



Col. Jory on the like 
head. 



Plantations General. 

Merchants about 
coine. 



November 7. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant [fo. 80, 93], 
in answer to one writ him the 29th of the last month, relating to 
Mr. Dummer's proposal of an advertisement to be published in the 
West Indies relating to a correspondence to be carryed on by his 
packet boats, and desiring to know whether the Board can think 
of any method for giving the Spaniards notice privately of 
Mr. Dummer's said undertaking, was read, and directions given 
for preparing an answer thereunto. 

Mr. Penn attending [fo. 90], his charter to Philadelphia and his 
charter of priviledges to the inhabitants of Pennsylvania, mentioned 
in the minutes of the 2nd instant, were read ; and upon some 
discourse with Mr. Penn thereupon [fo. 59, 97], he promised to 
send to their lordships to-morrow a fair draught of a surrender of his 
government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty, for their lordships to 
proceed further upon. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 
about method for 
signifying to the 
Spaniards privately. 

Mr. Dummer's pro- 
posal of carrying on 
a correspondence, &c. 

Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn. 

His charters to 

Philadelphia and 

Pennsylvania. 

Draught of surrender. 



November 8. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollex- 
fen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 3rd instant 
[fo. 92], desiring to know whether the Board could think of any 
method for giving the Spaniards notice privately of Mr. Dummer's 
proposal relating to a correspondence to be carryed on by his 
packet boats in the West Lidies (as directed in yesterday's minutes), 
was signed. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about method 

for corresponding 
with the Spaniards. 



182 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 94-97. 



1705. 
Maryland. 

Letter from Colonel 
Seymour. 

Maryland. 

Papers of publick 
proceedings. 



Col. Blakiston 
summond. 

Maryland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

refering extract of a 

letter from Col. 

Seymour on several 

heads. 



Like reference from 
Mr. Lowndes, &c. 



A letter from Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland, to the 
Board [fo. 115], dated the 3rd of July last, was read, and the papers 
therein refer'd to laid before the Board, vizt. : 

A proposal to prevent abuses in the Plantation trade, to lessen 
the high freight of tobacco and render the sailors imployed 
in the said trade more usefull to the Royal Navy. 
An account of the arms and ammunition returned by the 
Colonels and Commanders of the respective counties in 
Maryland to the Governor. 
Number of men, women and children and slaves in Maryland, 

1704. 
Minutes of the Committee of Accounts in May, 1705. 
Proceedings of a Committee of Accounts in September, 1704. 
Proceedings of the Committee of Accounts in December, 1704. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 5th of December, 

1704, to the 9th following. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 5th of September 

to the 3rd October, 1704. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 15th of May, 1705, 

to the 25th following. 
Minutes of the Assembly from the 15th of May, 1705, to the 

25th following. 
Minutes of Assembly from the 5th September, 1704, to the 

3rd of October following. 
Minutes of Assembly from the 5th December, 1704, to the 

9th following. 
Colonel Seymour's remarks and observations upon the laws of 
Maryland, transmitted with his letter of the 3rd July, 1705. 
Acts past in Maryland the 9th of December, 1704. 
Acts past in Maryland the 25th May, 1705. 
Acts past in Maryland the 3rd of October, 1705. 
Ordered that Colonel Blakiston be acquainted [fo. 97] that the 
Board desire to speak with him to-morrow morning. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 27th of the last month, 
refering to this Board the extract of a letter from Colonel Seymour, 
Governor of Maryland, dated the 3rd of July last [fo. 97], relating 
to the want of arms and ammunition, to the want of an officer for 
keeping and preserving the said arms, and to the irregularities of 
the provincial Courts there, to a salary for Mr. Bladen, the 
Attorney General, and to the settling of ports in five places in that 
province, was read ; and directions given for preparing an answer 
thereunto. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 2nd instant [Jo. 97], referring 
to this Board the like extracts of Colonel Seymour's letter above- 
mention 'd, and particularly a scheme for preventing abuses in 
the trade of Maryland, was read ; whereupon ordered that a letter 
be writ to Mr. Lowndes to the same purpose as what shall be writ 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon that matter. 



November 9. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecil!, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 



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183 



Colonel Blakiston attending, as ordered in yesterday's minutes 
[fo. 95], he was asked if he know what summe there was in bank in 
Maryland for the buying of arms and ammunition [representation 
fo. 118], and what summe he had received from thence for that 
purpose ; he said that he did not know what was in bank there, 
but that he had received a credit upon Mr. Perry for the buying 
of 200 muskets, 100 carabines, 100 cutlasses, 100 halberts, 200 
cartouch boxes, 110 half barrells of powder, 22 drums, 5,000 
weight of lead in bulletts. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 27th of 
the last month [fo. 96], upon an extract of a letter from Colonel 
Seymour, as directed in the last minutes, was signed. 

Mr. Perm sent to the Board a new draught of a surrender of his 
government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty [fo. 93, 99], as also a 
new draught of a patent which he desires to be granted to him 
upon his surrendering of his said government ; whereupon their 
lordships agreed to proceed at their next meeting to the further 
consideration thereof, in order to the drawing up of a representation 
thereupon. 

A reference from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 8th instant upon 
a petition to her Majesty of several merchants and traders to 
New England [vide infra], praying that her Majesty would be 
pleased to send over to those parts a proper person well skilled in 
the making tar, raising and curing hemp, &c., with such 
instructions as shall be necessary to direct and instruct the inhabi- 
tants in the manufacturing of those commodities, was read ; and 
their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration on 
Tuesday morning next. 

November 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Bridger attending, said that being informed that a petition of 
several merchants and traders to New England [Jo. 98, 101], praying 
that her Majesty would send over a proper person to instruct the 
inhabitants in the making of tar, pitch &c, was refer'd to this 
Board, he therefore desired their lordships' favourable recom- 
mendation of him to her Majesty for that service, as also for the 
place of surveyor of the woods ; whereupon he was ordered to 
attend again on Wednesday morning. 

Their lordships read Mr. Penn's new draughts of a surrender 
and of a new patent desired by him [fo. 97 and infra], mentioned in 
the last minutes, and made a progress in the consideration thereof. 

November 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Penn attending and being acquainted with several objections 
their lordships had to the new draught of a patent desired by him, 
[vide supra], he said that as to the palatinate, which he desired 
might be in the County of Bucks, since their lordships found that 
unfit, he was willing to wave it, but pray'd that county might 
however be erected into a lordship or mannor ; and by reason of 
some mistakes he alledged to be in the copying of the said draught 



1705. 

Maryland. 

The agent about arms 

and ammunition. 



Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about arms, 
&c. 

Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn's new 

draught of surrender 

and patent. 



New England. 
Plantations General. 
Reference from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 
relating to a person 
being sent to New 
England for instruct- 
ing the inhabitants 
in producing naval 
stores. 



New England. 
Plantations General. 

Mr. Bridger desiring 
to be made Surveyor 
of the Woods for 
naval stores. 



Pennsylvania. 

Draught of surrender 
and new patent. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn about his 
new patent, dec. 



184 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS. [K. 100-103. 



1705. 



Extracts of Customs 

House books about 

importation of goods 

from Pennsylvania. 



New England. 
Plantations General. 

Merchants about 

Mr. Bridger's being 

made Surveyor 

General, &c. 



Representation to be 
prepared thereupon. 



of a patent [fo. 106], he desired to have it delivered back to him 
to be amended, as also the draught of the surrender, which was 
done accordingly. He then presented to their lordships three 
accounts extracted out of the Custome House books of goods imported 
from Pennsylvania to England from Christmas, 1699, to the 
14th November, 1702, which are as follows, vizt. : 

An account of goods and merchandize imported from 
Pennsylvania from Christmas, 1699, to Christmas, 1700, 
with the duties payable thereon. 
An account of the goods and merchandize imported from 
Pennsylvania from Christmas, 1700, to Christmas, 1701, with 
the duties payable thereon. 
An account of the goods and merchandize imported from 
Pennsylvania from Christmas, 1701, to the 14th of November, 
1702, with the duties payable thereon. 
Several New England merchants and traders attending, 
Mr. Secretary Hedges 's reference upon their petition to her Majesty 
[Jo. 98], praying that a person may be sent over to those parts 
to instruct the inhabitants in the making of tar, &c, was read ; 
whereupon they said that they conceived one person would be 
sufficient, and they named Mr. Bridger as fit for that service in 
New Yorke and New England. They added that upon the passing 
the late Act of Parliament for incouraging the importation of naval 
stores from the Plantations, they had writ to their friends in those 
parts to apply themselves to the producing naval stores, who had 
returned them answer that they were ignorant of the proper method 
of doing the same, and that unless some sMlfull person was sent 
over to instruct them in it, it could not be carryed on to any per- 
fection. After these gentlemen were retired, their lordships gave 
directions for preparing a representation to her Majesty thereupon 
[fo. 102], proposing that Mr. Bridger be appointed Surveyor of the 
Woods, and that he have instructions to instruct the inhabitants 
in the making of tar &c, with a salary of 200Z. per annum. 



New Jersey. 

Memorial from the 
Proprietors of the 

Western Division, 
&c, complaining of 
the Lord Cornbury. 

Notes thereupon. 

New England. 
Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges with a 

representation 

for Mr. Bridger to be 

Surveyor of the Woods 

for production of 

naval stores, &c. 

Connecticut. 

Order of Councill on 

representation for 

repealing the Act 

intituled Hereticks. 



November 14. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from the proprietors of the western division of New 
Jersey [Jo. 121, 298], complaining of the Lord Cornbury's not 
having complyed with some of the articles of his instructions for 
that government, was read, and notes were made for speaking to the 
proprietors and writing to my Lord Combury thereupon. 

A representation to her Majesty upon Mr. Secretary Hedges's 
reference of the 8th instant [fo. 101, 123; R. Jo. 112] upon the 
petition of some New England merchants, praying that a person 
may be sent over to instruct the inhabitants in making pitch and 
tar in those parts, and a letter inclosing the said representation 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was signed. 

An Order of Councill of the 11th of the last month upon a repre- 
sentation of the 5th ditto [fo. 50], repealing an Act of Connecticut 
intituled Hereticks, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said 



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185 



Order be sent by the first opportunity to the Government of 
Connecticut, to be there published and observed accordingly. 

November 15. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter from Mr. Gallop, Mr. Colman and Mr. Wocker to the 
Board, relating to the Governor of Rhode Islands granting a com- 
mission to a privateer of theirs, and to a prize brought into Rhode 
Island by the said vessell, dated the 10th of August last, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that an extract of the said letter, relating 
to the Governor of Rhode Islands granting the said commission, 
be sent to Mr. Burchet to be laid before his Royal Highness the 
Lord High Admiral's Councill, and desiring to know whether 
commissions to private men-of-war granted by that Charter Govern- 
ment (Colonel Dudley being Vice-Admiral of all New England) 
be regular and allowed of by his Royal Highness the Lord High 
Admiral. 

And further ordered that a copy of the foresaid letter be sent 
to Mr. Phips, agent for Colonel Dudley [fo. 131], desiring to know 
whether he have anything to say in behalf of Colonel Dudley there- 
upon. 

A letter from Mr. Colman upon the same subject as the former 
[fo. 131], dated the 15th and 23rd of August last, was read, and a 
copy ordered also to be sent to Mr. Phips. 

November 16. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 15th instant [Jo. 289], 
inclosing the Imperial Envoy and Commissary of Trade's reply 
to the Board's answer sent to Mr. Secretary Harley the 28th of 
August last [fo. 33] to their proposals for carrying on a trade to 
Turkey through Germany and Hungary, was read, and a copy 
of the said reply ordered to be made [fo. 122] and sent to the Turkey 
Company for their opinion thereupon. 



Their lordships took into consideration the Acts past at a General 
Assembly held in New Jersey in November, 1704 [fo. 106], and 
made a progress therein. 

November 19. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes [fo. 137] to desire 
him to move my Lord Treasurer that the Board may have an 
account of the receipts and payments at the Custome House from 
Christmas, 1702, to this present time, as also an account from 
the Inspector General [fo. 138] of the exports and imports for the 
same time. 

Ordered also that a letter be writ to Sir Isaac Newton [fo. 119] 
for an account of the gold and silver moneys coined in the Tower 
from the 30th of Aprill. 1704, to this time. 



1705. 



Rhode Island. 
New England. 

Letters from Mr. 

Gallop, dkc, about a 

privateer in Rhode 

Island. 

Letter to Mr. 
Burchet thereupon. 



Letter to Mr. 
Phips. 



Letter from Mr. 

Colman upon the 

same subject. 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Harley. 
with Imperial Envoy 

<8cc.'s reply to the 

answer to their 
memorial for carrying 

the Turkey trade 
through Germany, <bc. 
Letter to the Turkey 
Company with copy 
of the said reply for 
their opinion there- 
upon. 

New Jersey. 

Acts. 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 
Lowndes for accounts 
of receipts and pay- 
ments at the 
Custome House, 
and of 
Exports and Imports. 

Letter to Sir Isaac 
Newton for an account 
of money coined. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 106-109. 



1705. 
New Jersey. 

Acts. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn about 
surrender and laws. 



Their lordships again took into consideration the Acts past at a 
General Assembly of New Jersey held in November, 1704 [fo. 105, 
108, 109], and made a progress therein. 

Mr. Penn attending, communicated to their lordships a new 
draught of a surrender of his power of government of Pennsylvania 
to her Majesty [fo. 99 ; L. fo. 53], which, together with a draught of 
a new patent of priviledges that he desires he promised to bring 
to the Board in a day or two's time [fo. 78, 107], and in the mean- 
time he prayed their lordships to go on in preparing their report 
to her Majesty upon the laws of Pennsylvania. 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter from the 
Post Master General 
about Post Office in 
Pennsylvania. 

Letter to Mr. Penn 

to know what laws he 

himself past. 



Upon Mr. Perm's 

answer, 
a representation to 
be drawn. 
New Jersey. 
Col. Quary about 
election of Repre- 
sentatives in New 
Jersey, &c. 



His opinion upon 

the Act relating 

thereto. 



New Jersey Acts. 

Lord Cornbury to be 
writ to thereupon. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Sir 
Seville Granville. 



November 20. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pol- 
lexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Sir Robert Cotton and Sir Thomas Frankland, 
Post Master General, dated yesterday [fo. 22, 112], with their 
observations upon an Act past in Pennsylvania entituled An Act 
for erecting and establishing a Post Office, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that a copy of the said observations be sent to Mr. Penn. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Penn [fo. 106, 112], to desire 
him to certify under his hand to the Board which and how many 
of the laws now under consideration were actually past by him 
in person, during his stay in Pennsylvania. 

And further ordered that, so soon as Mr. Penn shall return an 
answer to the forementioned letter, the draught of a representation 
be prepared to lay the Pennsylvania laws before her Majesty. 

Colonel Quary attending, their lordships communicated to him 
an Act past in New Jersey in November, 1704, [Jo. 106, 109, 115], 
for altering the present constitution and regulating the election 
of representatives to serve in the General Assembly of that province, 
as also her Majesty's additional instruction of the 3rd of May last 
to the Lord Cornbury upon the same subject [I. fo. 365] ; whereupon 
he said that he thought the thousand acres, limited by the 
instructions as a qualification to be elected a representative, was 
too high, for that there were very few in the province that had 
above eight hundred acres, and scarse any that had eight hundred 

cultivated of the value ; that a personal estate of 

500/. sterling was not proportioned to a thousand acres of land, 
for 1,000 acres cost there but one hundred pounds, and therefore 
he thought that matter required a further consideration ; that 
the regulations in the Act are very well, and that he thought nothing 
there wanting, but only to specify the number of acres or the value 
of a personal estate requisite to qualify the inhabitants to elect 
or be elected ; whereupon their lordships resolved to write to the 
Lord Cornbury upon that matter. 

Then their lordships went through the consideration of the 
Acts passed in New Jersey in November, 1704 [fo. 106, 108, 115], 
and gave directions for writing to the Lord Cornbury thereupon 
[fo- HO]. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbadoes, of 
the 15th of September last, was read, and the papers therein refer 'd 
to laid before the Board, and are as follow, vizt. : 



K. 109-112.] 



FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



Account of the damage done to the shipping by the late high 

wind in Barbados the 16th of August, 1705. 
Naval officers' list of ships entred and cleared in Barbadoes 
from the 25th of March ; 1705, to the 24th June following, 
inclusive. 
Acts past in Barbados in June, July, and August, 1705. 
Ordered that inquiry be made about the character of 
Mr. Middleton Chamberlain [Jo. Ill], mentioned in the foregoing 
letter to have been put into the Council! by Sir Beville Granville. 



1705. 

Papers therein 
referred to. 



Mr. Chamberlain 's 
character to be in- 
quired into. 



November 21. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a letter 
to the Lord Combury [Jo. 109], Governor of New Jersey, and made 
a progress therein. 

A representation proposing that Mr. Townley, Mr. Cox and 
Mr. Mompesson [Jo. 5, 127] (recommended by the Lord Cornbury 
in his letter of 19th February last) be constituted by her Majesty 
members of the Councill of New Jersey, was signed. 

Their lordships taking again into consideration what the 
Lord Cornbury writ in his above-mentioned letter relating to 
Mr. Morris [Jo. 5], ordered that an extract thereof be sent to 
Mr. Dockminique, and that he be acquainted that their lordships 
desire to speak with him thereupon on Fryday morning next 
[Jo. 120]; and further ordered thatMr. Dockwra have notice to attend 
the Board on Monday morning next [Jo. 114]. 

Ordered that the agents of Barbados have notice that the Board 
desire to speak with them to-morrow morning [Jo. 109 and infra], 
in order to inquire of them what they know of Mr. Middleton 
Chamberlain, mentioned by Sir Beville Granville, in his letter read 
yesterday, to be put into the Councill. 

A petition of Joseph Bentham, Dr. of Divinity, administrator to 
Edmund Mott, deceased, late Chaplain to the Lord Cornbury 
[Jo. 117], praying that he may have by their lordships' assistance 
an account from New Yorke of the personal estate of the said 
Edmund Mott, was read, and directions given for writing to the 
Lord Cornbury thereupon. 



New Jersey. 

Draught of a letter 
to the Lord Cornbury. 

Representation for 
three counsellors. 



Letter to Mr. 
Dockminique with 
extract of what the 

Lord Cornbury 

writes about Mr. 

Morris. 

Mr. Dockwra 
summon d. 

Barbados. 

Agents to attend 
about Mr. Chamber- 
lain's character, &c. 



New York. 

Dr. Bentham 's peti- 
tion praying to know 
the personal estate of 
Mr. Mott, deceased, 
at New York. 



November 22. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Barbados agents (according to the directions in yesterday's 
minutes) [vide supra], with Mr. Chester attending, and being 
asked what they knew about Mr. Middleton Chamberlain, put into 
the Councill by Sir Beville Granville, they said that the said 
Chamberlain was the brother of Doctor Chamberlain who fives in 
Essex Street, that he marryed a wife, and by her has a considerable 
estate in fee in Barbados, and that he is otherwise very well quafifyed 
to be of the Councill of that island ; whereupon ordered that further 
inquiry be made of the character and qualification of the said 
Chamberlain [Jo. 1 1 6] to be a member of the Councill of the said island. 



Barbados. 

Agents 

about Mr. Chamber 

lain put into the 

Councill by the 

Governor. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS |K. 112-115. 



1705. 

The agents desire an 
inspection of the laws 
in order to print the 



Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. Penn 
about laws. 

Letter to him again 
thereupon. 



Maryland. 
Laws. 



Carolina. 

Mr Byfield with 
certificates from the 
rope yard of the good- 
ness of his pitch and 
tar. 



Pennsylvania. 

Laws. 
Draught of repre- 
sentation. 



New Jersey. 

Mr. Dockwra and 
Cox about an Act 
relating to election 
of Representatives. 



Copy of the said Act 
sent to them for their 
observations there- 
upon. 



Pennsylvania. 
Draught of repre- 
sentation on laws. 

Maryland. 

Governor's letters 
under consideration. 
Report thereon to be 
made. 



Upon consideration of the errors in the printed book of the 
laws of Barbados, the said agents desired that they might have 
recourse to the laws in this office, in order to the printing off a more 
compleat collection ; whereupon ordered that the said laws be 
communicated to them accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Penn in answer to one writ him the 20th instant 
[Jo. 107, 114], by which he certifies that the laws past in Pennsylvania 
in 1700 and 1701 were past by him whilst he was there, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Penn [jo. 148] 
to desire him to certify the same in writing upon each of the said 
laws, in order to their lordships reporting the same to her Majesty. 

The Acts past in Maryland the 3rd of October, 1704 [jo. 118], 
were laid before the Board, and a progress made in the consideration 
thereof. 

Mr. Byfield attending, acquainted their lordships that their 
letter of the 17th July last [Jo. 18] relating to 400 barrills of pitch 
and tar imported from Carolina by him and company had been 
referr'd to the Navy Board, who had thereupon made tryal of 
the said pitch and tar, and found the same to be good and fit for the 
service of her Majesty's Navy, according to two certificates from the 
officers imployed by the Navy Board in the rope yard at Woolwich, 
copies whereof he delivered to their lordships ; he added that the 
Navy Board would not allow him any bounty money, as was 
proposed by their lordships' foresaid letter ; that the Navy Board 
had bought all that parcel!, except 100 barriEs of pitch, but allowed 
him no more for it than they do to the Swedes. 

November 23. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a repre- 
sentation upon the laws past in Pennsylvania in 1700 and 1701 
[Jo. 112, 115], and made a progress therein. 

November 26. Present : — Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. 
Prior. • 

Mr. Dockwra and Mr. Cox attending (according to the directions 
in the minutes of the 21st instant) [Jo. 110], and several questions 
being asked them in relation to Mr. Morris, and to the Act for 
altering the present constitution and regulating the election of 
Representatives to serve in the General Assembly of the Province 
of Nova Caesaria or New Jersey, they said that they had not yet 
seen the said Act ; whereupon ordered that a copy thereof be sent 
to them, and that they bring their observations thereupon [Jo. 120], 
together with what they may have to offer concerning Mr. Morris, 
in writing on Fryday morning next. 

The draught of a representation upon the laws of Pennsylvania 
[Jo. 114, 148], mention 'd in the last minutes, was agreed and ordered 
to be transcribed. 

Their lordships took again into consideration Colonel Seymour's 
letters of the 29th September, 1704 and 3rd July last [jo. 59, 94, 117], 
and gave directions for preparing a representation thereupon. 



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189 



November 27. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Cleland and Mr. Holder, agents for Barbados, attending, 
desired their lordships would take into consideration the Acts 
lately received from Sir Beville Granville, and more particularly 
an Act past during the Lord Grey's government, intituled An Act 
to ratify, approve and. confirm Letters Patent, gifts, grants, bargains, 
sales, conveyance and. all other instruments of writing relating to the 
titles of the several owners, proprietors of the lands and tenements, 
slaves and other hereditaments within this island ; whereupon they 
were told that it should be done at the first opportunity. 

Then these gentlemen being asked the character of Mr. Alexander 
Walker [fo. Ill], who stands before Mr. Middleton Chamberlain 
in the list of persons to supply vacancies in the Councill transmitted 
by Sir Beville Granville ; they said that he was a man of more years 
and experience than Mr. Chamberlain, a longer inhabitant upon 
the island, well versed in the laws there, of a considerable estate, 
and second judge in the said island, and would be willing to serve 
her Majesty as a Counsellor if he was recommended by their lord- 
ships ; whereupon ordered [fo. 117] that a representation be prepared 
for offering to her Majesty that the said Walker be put into the 
Councill there, instead of the said Chamberlain, put into that place 
by Sir Beville Granville. 

November 28. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 

Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A letter to the Lord Cornbury, as directed in the minutes of the 
21st instant [fo. Ill], relating to Dr. Bentham, was signed. 

A representation offering to her Majesty that Mr. Alexander 
Walker be constituted a member of the Councill of Barbados 
[fo. 116, 127] in the stead of Mr. Middleton Chamberlain, put into 
that place by Sir Beville Granville, was signed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to the Lord Bishop of London, to 
acquaint him that the Board are desirous of his lordship's assistance 
to-morrow morning in the consideration of two laws, lately received 
from Maryland, relating to popery. 

The draught of a representation upon Colonel Seymour's late 
letters [fo. 115, 118], was taken into consideration, and a progress 
made therein. 



1705. 



Barbados. 

Agents desiring a 

report to be made on 

several Acts. 



Barbados. 

Character of Mr. 

Walker to be of the 
Councill in the room 
of Mr. Chamberlain. 



Report to be drawn. 



New Yorke. 

Letter to Lord 

Cornbury about Dr. 

Bentham. 

Barbados. 

Representation for 

Mr. Walker to be of 

the Councill. 

Maryland. 

Bishop of London 
desired to be at the 
Board about laws re- 
lating to Papists. 

Draught of a repre- 
sentation on Col. 
Seymour's letters. 



November 29. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Mr. Cecill, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation upon the letters lately received from 
Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland [fo. 117, 175], mentioned 
in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

An Act past in Maryland in October, 1704 [fo. 113, 121 (fo. 76)], 
for preventing the growth of popery in that province, as also another 
Act past there in December following for suspending a clause in 
the said Act, were read ; and their lordships agreed to proceed 
to-morrow in the consideration of the said Acts [fo. 121]. 



Maryland. 

Representation on 

Col. Seymour'' s 

letters. 

Acts about Popery. 



190 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 119-121. 



1705. 



Maryland. 

Memorial from Sir 
Thomas Lawrence 
complaining of an 
Act that takes away 
the secretary' s fees. 



Bis caveat against 
another Act for limi- 
tation of officers' fees. 



Trade. 

Account of gold and 

silver coined in the 

Tower. 

New Jersey. 

Mr. Dockwra and 
Mr. Cox about Act 
for regulating elec- 
tions of Assembly 
men. 



Mr. Dockminique, 

&c, about difference 

between Lord 

Cornbury and Mr. 

Morris, 

desiring upon 

Morris's submission 

he may be readmitted 

into the Councill. 



Virginia. 

Col. Quary about 

the address of the 

Assembly against him. 



November 30. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir Thomas Lawrence presented to their lordships a memorial 
complaining of an Act past in Maryland for regulating of ordinaries 
[I. fo. 354 ; fo. 172], for that the fees for granting of ordinary 
licences are by the said Act taken from the secretary's office, 
whereunto they formerly belonged, which was read ; and Sir Thomas 
was acquainted that, so soon as they should receive an answer to 
the letter the Board had writ Colonel Seymour the 12th of Aprill 
last upon that subject, they would then consider Sir Thomas's 
objections against the said Act. He further presented to their 
lordships a caveat against an Act for limitation of officers' fees, 
which their lordships resolved to take into consideration with the Act 
itself. 

A letter from Sir Isaac Newton [fo. 106], giving an account of 
the gold and silver coined in the Tower since the 30th of Aprill, 
1704, was read. 

Mr. Dockwra and Colonel Cox attending [fo. 114], they acquainted 
their lordships that they had considered the Act past in New Jersey 
for regulating elections of Assembly men, and had no objections 
thereunto, but that no place for electing is appointed, whereas 
they thought it would be more proper that particular places in 
each county and district should be fixed and settled by the Act. 

Mr. Dockminique, with some other proprietors of the western 
division of New Jersey, attending [fo. 110], and being asked what 
they had to offer upon the extract of the Lord Cornbury's letter 
sent them the 21st instant, they said that they believed the mis- 
understandings between my Lord Cornbury and Mr. Morris might 
arise from too much heat on both sides ; and they prayed that 
Mr. Morris upon a due and suitable submission to the Lord Cornbury 
might be re-admitted into the Councill. 

Colonel Quary attending and desiring their lordships to consider 
the address of the Assembly of Virginia against him [fo. 75], 
which was received in Colonel Nicholson's letter of the 25th of 
July last, that he may be cleared from the aspersions therein ; 
he was acquainted that the said address having been sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges the 16th of the last month [fo. 59] to be laid 
before her Majesty, if her Majesty thought fit to refer the same 
back to this Board [fo. 175], their lordships would then report the 
matter in order to his vindication. 



New Jersey. 
Copy of Mr. 
Docminique' s memo- 
rial given to Mr. 
Dockwra, &c. 
Maryland. 
New York. 
Col. Nicholson with 

letters from Col. 

Seymour and Lord 

Cornbury. 



December 3. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a copy of the late memorial [fo. 102] from the pro- 
prietors of the western division of New Jersey be given to 
Mr. Dockwra and Mr. Cox. 

Colonel Nicholson, late Governor of Virginia, attending, presented 
to their lordships several letters from Colonel Seymour, Governor 
of Maryland, and from the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New Yorke ; 
and thereupon ordered that the said letters be minuted and laid 
before the Board. 



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191 



Their lordships gave directions for preparing a representation 
upon two Acts past in Maryland in October, 1704 [fo. 118, 122], 
relating to popery, mentioned in the minutes of the 29th of the last 
month. 



1705. 
Maryland. 

Representation to be 

drawn on two Acts 

about Popery. 



December 4. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Blakiston attending, communicated to their lordships a 
minute of the Council! of Virginia of the 16th of August last, 
whereby it appears that the Councill concur with the Governor in 
the appointing of Colonel Blakiston agent for solhciting the affairs 
of that province, which was read. 

The draught of a representation upon two Acts lately received 
from Maryland, relating to papists [fo. 121, 123], was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to the Turkey Company [fo. 104, 
128], for their opinion upon the Imperial Minister's two memorials 
relating to the carrying on a trade to Turkey through Germany 
and Hungary, sent them in the Secretary's letter of 20th November 
last. 



Virginia. 

Col. Blakiston ap- 
pointed agent. 



Maryland. 

Draught of report on 

two Acts about 

Papists. 

Trade. 

Letter to the Turkey 

Company about trade 

to Turkey through 

Germany, &c. 



December 5. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dart- 
mouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Some doubts arising upon the consideration of the two Acts of 
Maryland relating to popery [fo. 122, 145], their lordships directed 
a letter to be writ to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion there- 
upon. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 4th instant [fo. 
102], signifying her Majesty's approbation of a representation 
of the 14th of November last, proposing that Mr. Bridger be sent 
to New England for the instructing the inhabitants in the best 
method of making pitch and tar, and directing the Board to prepare 
a commission and instructions for the said Bridger, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a draught of such instructions be pre- 
pared accordingly [fo. 335, 132]. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New Yorke, of 
the 8th of July last [fo. 127], was read, and the papers therein refer 'd 
to laid before the Board, vizt. : 

Copy of the Lord Cornbury's speech to the Assembly of New 
Yorke the 11th June last, recommending the affairs of that 
province to their care and consideration. 
Copy of a bill for levying and collecting the summe of 1,700?. 

for the defence of the province. 
Copy of the amendments made by the Councill to the bill sent 
up by the Assembly for levying and collecting the summe 
of 1,700L for the defence of the frontiers &c. 
Copy of the Assembly's message to the Councill, when they 
returned the Bill for raising a revenue &c, refusing to admit 
of any amendments thereto. 



Maryland. 
Letter to Mr. 
Attorney General 
about two Acts re- 
lating to Papists. 
New England. 
Plantations General. 
Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
for a commission and 
instructions to be pre- 
pared for Mr. 
Bridger to be Sur- 
veyor of the Woods, 
&c. 

New York. 

Letter from Lord 

Cornbury. 

Papers therein re- 
fer'd to. 



192 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 124-127. 



1705. 



Account of ordnance stores expended [fo. 312] in New Yorke 
from May, 1702, to February 16th, 170$, attested by 
the Lord Cornbury. 



Barbados. 

Col. Maycock with 

Mr. Attorney 
General's report on 

his petition about 

proceedings against 

him in a Court of 

Chancery. 



Mr. Chilton to attend. 



Representation to be 
prepared. 



Barbados. 

Order of Councill on 

representation for 

Mr. Walker to be of 

the Councill. 

New Jersey. 

Orders of Councill on 
representation for Mr. 
Townley, Mr. Cox 
and Mr. Mompesson 
to be of the Councill. 

New York. 

Letter to Lord 
Cornbury to be pre- 
pared about Act for 
levying 1,7001., &c. 



December 6. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Maycock presented to their lordships Mr. Attorney 
General's report, in answer to a letter writ him the 29th of October 
last [fo. 81], upon a petition of the said Maycock's to her Majesty, 
complaining of the proceedings of the Court of Chancery in Barbadoes 
against him at the suit of Josias Harrison, who obtained a sequestra- 
tion against the petitioner's estate &c, which was read ; where- 
upon Colonel Maycock said that the persons into whose hands his 
estate is sequester'd have given no security to be answerable for 
the produce and profits thereof ; that if the said estate may be 
put into his or his attorney's hands, or into the hands of Captain John 
Maycock, Mr. Thomas Horn, Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Downes, 
Major Giles Hall, Captain William Cole, or any three of them, till 
the decision of the suit depending between him and the said 
Harrison, they will give security in the summe of 10,000Z. to be 
answerable for the produce and profits of the said estate. He 
further said that it is a constant practice in Barbados that attorneys 
appear as parties defendents in the absence of the persons con- 
cerned, as is more particularly set forth in Mr. Squire's affidavit 
annexed to Mr. Attorney's forementioned report : whereupon 
ordered [fo. 133] that Mr. Chilton, Attorney General of Barbados, 
have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning, in order to 
inquire further of him into the methods of the proceedings of the 
courts in Barbados in these matters. And their lordships agreed 
to represent to her Majesty [fo. 134] that her Majesty's letter be 
writ to the Governor of Barbados, inclosing a copy of the said 
Maycock's petition with a copy of Mr. Attorney General's report 
thereupon, directing the Governor to see that justice be done the 
petitioner, and further proposing that the persons in whose hands 
the said estate is do give security, or that, upon Colonel Maycock's 
giving such security as is above proposed, his estate be sequesterd 
into the hands of the persons above named or any three of them. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 29th of the last month 
[fo. 117], upon a representation of the 28th of the same, proposing 
that Mr. Alexander Walker may be put into the Councill of 
Barbados in the room of Mr. Middleton Chamberlain, admitted 
into that place by the Governor, approving the same, was read. 

Copies of three Orders of Councill of the 29th of November last 
[fo. 110], upon a representation of the 21st of the same, proposing 
that Mr. Richard Townley, Mr. Daniel Cox and Mr. Roger 
Mompesson be of the Councill of New Jersey, approving the said 
representation, were read. 

Their lordships then entred upon the consideration of the papers 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 124, 129] to be received 
with the Lord Cornbury's letter of the 8th of July last, and gave 
directions for an answer to that part of the Lord Cornbury's fore- 
said letter, which relates to a bill for levying the summe of 1,700/. for 



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193 



the defence of the province, and their lordships agreed to proceed 
further in the consideration of the said papers and letter to-morrow 
morning. 



1705. 



December 7. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Wotnoth, secretary to the Turkey Company [fo. 122], 
presented to their lordships a memorial from the said Company, 
in answer to the memorial of Monsieur Vecelly sent them in a letter 
of the 20th of November last, which was read. 

Ordered, that an extract of the said Vecelly's memorial [fo. 140], 
relating to a trade from Hambourgh to all the Emperor's territories, 
be sent to the Hambourgh Company for their opinion thereupon. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 29th of the last month 
[fo. 90, 147], upon the petition of George Lillington, praying to be 
heard upon an Order in Councill of the 26th of October last, upon 
a representation of this Board of the 22nd of the same, appointing 
a day for hearing the petitioner, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 29th of November last upon 
the petition of the agents, and of several gentlemen and merchants 
concerned in Barbados, praying that her Majesty's forementioned 
Order of the 26th of October last be discharged, appointing a day 
for hearing the petitioners, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 5th instant, referring the 
petition of Edward Chilton, esquire, Attorney General of Barbadoes, 
praying an appeal from judgements given against him in that island 
to the Right Honourable the Lords of the Councill for hearing of 
appeals to consider of that matter, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 6th instant, in answer to one 
writ him the 5th, signifying that the Lowestaffe and Triton's prize 
frigats are now attending the service of New Yorke, was read. 

Their lordships went through the consideration of the papers 
referr'd to [fo. 127] in the Lord Cornbury's letter of the 8th of July 
last, and gave directions [fo. 130] for preparing an answer to the 
said letter. 



Trade. 

Memorial from the 
Turkey Company in 
answer to Monsieur 
Vecelly's memorial, 
die. 

Extract of Monsieur 

Vecelly's memorial 

sent to the Hambourgh 

Company. 

Barbados. 

Copy of an Order of 

Councill, (be, about 

Lillington. 



Copy of an Order of 

Council on petition 

of agents against 

Lillington. 



Copy of an Order of 
Council on petition 

of Mr. Chilton 
praying an appeal. 



New York. 

Letter from Mr. 
Burchet about ships 
to attend New Yorke. 

Answer to Lord 

Cornbury's letter to 

be prepared. 



December 10. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Pollexfen. 
The draught of a letter to the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New 
Yorke [fo. 129], was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A letter from Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland, dated 
the 28th of August last, was read, and directions given for preparing 
an answer thereunto. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, 
dated at Boston the 10th of March last, was read, and their lordships 
agreed to proceed to-morrow morning in the reading the remainder 
of Colonel Dudley's letters, in order to prepare an answer there- 
unto. 

Wt. 16557. N 



New Yorke. 

Letter to Lord 
Cornbury. 

Maryland. 

Letter from Col. 
Seymour. 

Massachusets. 

Letters from Col. 
Dudley. 



194 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 131-134. 



1705. 



New York. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Lodwick with an Act 

relating to Bayard 

and Hutchins. 



Massaehusets. 

Mr. Phi-pa about 

complaints against 

the Governor by 

Colman, &c. 



Plantations General. 
New England. 

Draught of instruc- 
tions for Mr. Bridger. 

New England. 

Letter from Col. 

Dudley with Col. 

Bomer's account of 

Ordnance, <bc. 



New York. 

Act about Bayard 
and Hutchins. 



Virginia. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

on petition of Mr. 

Smith for leave to 

come from Virginia 

without convoy. 

Barbados. 

Col. Maycock and 
Mr. Chilton about 
proceedings of the 
Court of Chancery. 



December 11. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Lodwick presented to their lordships An Act, past at 
New Yorke, declaring the illegality of the 'proceedings against Colonel 
Bayard and Alderman John Hutchins for pretended high treason, 
and for reversing and making null and voyd the said judgments, and 
all proceedings thereon, which had been passed in pursuance of 
her Majesty's Order in Councill [I. fo. 323] of the 18th of December, 
1704, upon a former Act with the same title, together with a 
memorial praying their lordships to lay the said Act before her 
Majesty for her royal confirmation, which were read ; and their 
lordships agreed [fo. 133] to take the same under consideration 
the first opportunity. 

Mr. Phips attending [fo. 104], acquainted their lordships that he 
had no instructions from Colonel Dudley, in relation to the com- 
plaints made by Mr. Gallop, Mr. Colman and Mr. Wocker, upon 
account of a privateer of theirs commissionated by the Governor of 
Rhode Island, which were sent him in the Secretary's letter of the 
16th of the last month, and therefore he desired their lordships 
would please to send the said complaints to Colonel Dudley for 
his answer : whereupon ordered that the said complaints be sent 
to Colonel Dudley accordingly. 

The draught of instructions for Mr. Bridger to be Surveyor General 
of her Majesty's woods in New England [fo. 123, 137], as also for 
instructing the inhabitants in making of tarr &c, were laid before 
the Board, and a progress made in the consideration thereof. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the Secretary, inclosing 
Colonel Romer's account of ordnance, and promising plans instead 
of those lost when Captain Cary was taken by the French, — also 
desiring two able gunners may be sent there, on the English estab- 
lishment, dated the 22nd of March, 170f, was read. 

December 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the New Yorke Act 
[fo. 131, 135] mentioned in yesterday's minutes, declaring the 
illegality of the proceedings against Colonel Bayard and Alderman 
Hutchins &c, and gave directions for preparing a representation 
thereupon. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 11th instant [Jo. 136], 
referring to this Board the petition of John Smith of Biddiford, 
praying for an order to the Governor of Virginia to permit -a ship 
of the said Smith's to come for England when the commander shall 
desire, in case he be not ready to sail with the convoy, was read. 

Colonel Maycock and Mr. Chilton, Attorney General of Barbados, 
attending [fo. 126, 134], and several questions being asked 
Mr. Chilton in relation to Colonel Maycock's petition, and to the 
method of proceedings of the Court of Chancery in that island ; 
he said that the attornies for absent persons were always not only 
allowed to appear for the said persons, but also to be parties in 
the suit depending, and that it was the constant practice of the 
island. That Colonel Maycock's case was the first in which a 



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195 



1705. 



sequestration had been granted in Barbadoes, and that 
Colonel Maycock's attorneys had offered 10,OOOZ. security if his estate 
might have been put into their hands, which was refused. To 
which Colonel Maycock added that the persons into whose hands 
his estate is put are his avowed enemies. 

These gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships agreed [fo. 125, 
135] the draught of a representation upon her Majesty's Order in 
Council! of the 26th of October last [vide supra], upon the petition 
of the said Maycock, and ordered the same to be transcribed. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 1 1th instant, referring 
to the Board a petition from Mr. Jennings, secretary of Virginia, 
praying leave to come into England for some short time upon extra- 
ordinary occasions, was read, and directions given for preparing 
an answer thereunto [fo. 136], signifying that their lordships have 
no objections why her Majesty may not be graciously pleased 
to grant the said petition. 



Barbados. 

Representation on 

the Order of Councill 

relating to the said 

Maycock. 

Virginia. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about Mr. Jennings 

desire to come 

to England. 

Answer. 



December 13. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Upon further consideration of the Act, mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes [fo. 133], for declaring the illegality of the proceedings 
at New Yorke against Colonel Bayard and Alderman Hutchins &c. 
ordered that the said Act be sent to Mr. Attorney General, together 
with copies of his report of the 31st of August, 1704 [I. fo. 117], 
and her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 18th of December last 
[I. fo. 323], upon a former Act with the same title, and that his 
opinion be desired, whether the persons who were concerned in the 
proceedings against the said Bayard and Hutchins are sufficiently 
indemnified and secured by this present Act from prosecutions 
upon account of what they did by order of those who had power 
to command them. 

A representation upon an Order of Councill of the 26th of October 
last [fo. 134, 147] on the petition of Colonel Maycock, as mentioned 
in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon the petition of Mr. Jennings 
[fo. 134], secretary of Virginia, mentioned also in yesterday's 
minutes, was signed. 

December 14. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill. Sir 
Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The petition of John Smith [fo. 133], praying for an order to the 
Governor of Virginia that his ship the Factor of Biddiford may 
be permitted to come from Virginia at any time when the com- 
mander shall desire it, in case he be not ready to sail with the convoy, 
refer'd to this Board in Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter of the 11th 
instant, was again read, and an answer to the said letter drawn 
up and signed. 



New York. 

Letter to Mr. 

Attorney General 

with Act about 

Bayard dk Hutchins 

&c. 



Barbados. 

Representation on 

Order of Councill 

about Maycock. 

Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges relating to 

Mr. Jennings's 

coming home. 



Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges on the 

petition of Mr. Smith 

praying his ship may 

come to England 

without convoy. 



December 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



Mr. Cecill, Mr. 



196 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 137-139. 



1705. 

Plantations General. 

New England. 

Clause to be added 
to Mr. Bridger's in- 
structions about naval 
stores, &c. 
Letters to the 
Governors relating 
thereto. 



Trade. 

Abstracts of receipts 

and payments of 

Customes, &c. 

Trade. 

Imports and exports. 

Copy of Dr. 
D' Avenant' 's memo- 
rial to the Lord 
Treasurer about 
trade between 
Holland and France. 



New Hampshire. 

Order of Councill on 

Mr. Allen's petition 

relating to his 

father's appeal. 



Virginia. 

Letter from Mr. Smith 
and Mr. Lewis, late 
of the Councill, about 
their being left out 
of Col. Nott's in- 
structions. 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 15th instant [fo. 132, 
146], directing a clause to be added to the instructions to be pre- 
pared for Mr. Bridger, requiring him to give an account of his 
proceedings in relation to the making of pitch and tar, to the 
Governors of each plantation in which he shall be, and also directing 
[fo. 146] that letters be writ to the said Governors, requiring them 
to examin such accounts and to transmit the same with their 
opinions thereupon, was read, and orders given for preparing the 
said instructions and letters accordingly. 

Mr. Fern, Receiver General of the Customes [fo. 105, 138], 
presented to their lordships the abstracts of the receipts and pay- 
ments of the Customes from the 25th of December, 1703, to the 
29th of September, 1705, inclusive, which were read. 

Dr. D'Avenant, Inspector General of the Customes, presented 
to their lordships [fo. 106, 137] an abstract of his accounts of 
imports and exports from Christmas, 1702, to Christmas, 1703, 
which was read. He also presented to their lordships the copy 
of a memorial presented by him to the Lord Treasurer concerning 
the free trade now carryed on between France and Holland, which 
their lordships resolved to take into consideration the first con- 
venient opportunity. 

An Order of Councill of the 11th of October last [H. fo. 92] 
referring to this Board a petition of Thomas Allen [fo. 142], son and 
heir of Samuel Allen, deceased, proprietor of New Hampshire, 
setting forth that his said father having brought an ejectment to 
the Superior Court the 21st of March last against Richard Waldron 
for part of the lands in the said Waldron 's possession, upon which 
a verdict and judgment passed for the defendant, whereupon Ms 
said father appeal'd to the Governor and Councill, but before the 
same was heard the petitioner's father dyed, whereby the said appeal 
is abated, and therefore praying that her Majesty's order be given 
for reviving the said appeal in the petitioner's name, was read, 
together with a memorial from the said Thomas Allen to this Board 
upon the same subject ; and thereupon ordered that a former 
Order of Councill [H. fo. 92], upon a representation of this Board 
[Jo. 142], relating to Mr. Allen's title to the lands in New Hampshire, 
be laid before their lordships in order to their further consideration 
of that matter. 

A letter from Mr. John Smith and Mr. John Lewis, dated in 
Virginia the 7th of September last, setting forth that having been 
admitted into the Councill of that province by Colonel Nicholson, 
and being now left out in Colonel Nott's instructions, they were 
desirous to justify themselves, if any objections had been made 
against them, and willing to serve her Majesty in the same place 
under the present Governor, was read ; and it appearing to their 
lordships that they had been left out of Colonel Nott's said 
instructions by mistake, they agreed to represent to her Majesty 
[fo. 147] that the foresaid Mr. Smith be admitted to fill up the 
present vacancy by the death of Colonel Bird, and further resolved 
that, upon the next vacancy that should happen in the Councill of 
Virginia, Mr. Lewis be represented as a fit person to fill up that 
place. 



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197 



A memorial from Colonel Blakiston, praying that Mr. William 
Bird may be admitted to fill up the vacancy in the Councill of 
Virginia by the death of his father Colonel Bird, was read ; where- 
upon he was acquainted that, though their lordships had a good 
opinion of Mr. Bird as a fit person to serve her Majesty in that 
place, yet the forementioned Mr. Smith and Mr. Lewis having 
actually been in the Councill and only left out by mistake, their 
lordships thought themselves obliged to reinstate them before they 
recommended Mr. Bird. 

Sir William Gore, Governor, and several of the Hambourgh 
Company attending [Jo. 128], acquainted their lordships that having 
received a letter from the secretary of this Board of the 7th instant, 
with an extract of a memorial from Monsieur Vecelly, the Emperor's 
Commissary of trade, relating to a commerce to be carryed on 
from England to the Emperor's territories, they had sent a copy 
thereof- to their factors at Hambourgh, and that so soon as their 
answer should be returned, they would communicate it to their 
lordships. In the mean time they said that they did not see what 
advantage could accrue to them by the foresaid proposal of 
Monsieur Vecelly ; for they could, by the present conveyances, 
bring 250 or three hundred weight of commodities from Dresden 
to Hambourgh for eight shillings, which they thought as cheap as 
possible could be ; and they added that, if the Emperor was willing 
to enter into a treaty for the regulating of commerce between 
England and the Emperor's territories, they had several things 
to offer to the consideration of the Board : as the prohibition 
of our perpetuanas and serges &c. in Austria, and the high tolls laid 
upon our leather and tin &c. Whereupon they were desired 
[Jo. 165] to put these particulars and whatever else they might have 
to offer in writing, which they promised to do accordingly. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary, relating to a French 
sloop loaden with grain brought from Port Royal in Accady by six 
deserters, dated the 5th of Aprill last, proposing that the produce 
of the said grain be given to the said deserters as a means to cause 
a defection in the garrison at Port Royal, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered [Jo. 146] that a copy of the said letter be sent to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges for her Majesty's pleasure thereupon. 

December 18. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Upon further consideration of Mr. Allen's petition [fo. 138] 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes, Ordered that the said Allen 
have notice [fo. 149] to attend the Board on Thursday morning 
next. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley, of the 25th of July last, was read ; 
and thereupon directions were given [fo. 146] for writing to 
Mr. Lowndes upon paragraphs H and Z of the said letter ; and to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges [Jo. 146] upon paragraph P ; and for repre- 
senting to her Majesty [fo. 148] what Colonel Dudley writes in 
paragraphs Q, R and W of the said letter, relating to Connecticut 
and Rhode Island, as also upon paragraph Cc, relating to coin, 
and Ff, relating to three Counsellors for New Hampshire ; and 



1705. 
Virginia. 

Memorial from Col. 

Blakiston, praying 

Mr. Bird may be of 

tfie Councill. 



Trade. 

Hambourgh Company 

about Mr. Vecelly' s 

memorial concerning 

trade to Turkey. 



Massachusets. 

Letter from Col. 
Dudley about French 
sloop laden with grain 
and brought by de- 
serters to Boston. 

Copy thereof to be 

sent to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges. 



New Hampshire. 

Mr. Allen to attend. 



Massachusets. 

Letter from Col. 

Dudley. 

Extracts to be sent 

Mr. Lowndes, 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

and Mr. Burchet. 



198 JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 142-145. 



1705. 
Papers of publick that paragraphs W and X be sent to Mr. Burchet for the information 
proceedings. rf hig RoyaJ Highness the Lor d High Admiral's Councill. 

The papers referr'd to in Colonel Dudley's foresaid letter were 
laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

An account of the guns which are in the several forts within 

mentioned in New England, as also of those which are wanting 

in each of them. 
Account of stores belonging to the castle on Castle Island near 

Boston in the Massachusets Bay. 
Account of powder and small arms in the Massachusets Bay. 
Account of gold, silver &c. piratically taken by Quelch &c, 

and now lodged in the hands of the Treasurer of the 

Massachusets Bay. 
Account of money disbursed out of that taken by the pirates, 

for the recovery of the effects by them brought in, and in 

seizing them &c. 
The Governor's speech to the Assembly relating to the affairs 

of his government, May 30th, 1705. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly in May, 1705, relating to 

Mr. Oakes, Speaker of the said Assembly &c. 
Proclamations by Colonel Dudley relating to her Majesty's 

proclamation for settling the rates of foreign coin in the 

Plantations &c, and to trade with Spain. 
Minutes of the Councill in Assembly in June, 1705, relating 

to coin and to the payment of the tax of 22,000/. 
Colonel Dudley's proclamation relating to trade with the 

Spaniards. 
The Assembly of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation's 

letter to Colonel Dudley, relating to the quota of men &c. 

desired from them. 
Copy of a letter from the Governor of Rhode Island to 

Colonel Dudley relating to their quota of men, and desiring 

that Commissioners on both sides may be appointed to settle 

methods how the said men shall be subsisted. 
Copy of a declaration of the Assembly of Rhode Island, giving 

power of Vice Admiralty to their Governor. 
Copy of a letter from Mr. Colman, the Prince's Receiver for 

prizes, justifying the Governor of Rhode Island for con- 
demning a Spanish prize without the consent of the Judge 

of the Admiralty. 
Copy of Colonel Paige's petition and others, owners of the 

brigantine Charles, to Colonel Dudley, disclaiming the 

Governor of Rhode Island's power of Vice Admiralty. 
Account of ships paying powder duty at New Hampshire, from 

August, 1699, to October, 1703. 
Copy of Captain Eason's petition, commander of a mast ship, 

praying an abatement of the powder duty &c. 
Copy of the inhabitants and terre-tenants of the province of 

New Hampshire's offer to Mr. Samuel Allen. 
Account of stores of war in the Fort William and Mary in 

New Hampshire &c. 
Copy of two Acts past in New Hampshire relating to the 

powder duty laid on ships &c. 



K. 145-148.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



199 



December 19. Present : — -Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General [Jo. 123, 
148] to desire him to let their lordships have his opinion, if possible, 
to-morrow morning upon the two Maryland Acts, sent him the 
5th instant, relating to popery. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [Jo. 141] inclosing the copy of a 
letter from Colonel Dudley, giving an account of a French ship 
brought to Boston from Port Royal in Accadie, as also the extract 
of another letter from Colonel Dudley [fo. 142] relating to the 
strength of the French settlement at Quebec, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Lowndes inclosing copies of the accounts of the 
pirates effects [Jo. 178] and the disbursements in recovering the 
same, transmitted with Colonel Dudley's letter of the 25th of July 
last, as also an extract of the said letter relating to the post office in 
America [fo. 142], as directed in yesterday's minutes, was agreed 
and ordered to be sent. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, with a draught of instructions 
for Mr. Bridger [Jo. 137 and infra ; R. Jo. 112] for surveying her 
Majesty's woods on the Continent of America, and for instructing 
the inhabitants in the best method of making pitch and tar, and of 
producing other naval stores there, in answer to Mr. Secretary's 
letters of the 4th and 15th instant, was signed. 

The draught of a circular letter to her Majesty's Governors on 
the Continent of America [Jo. 137, 197], requiring them to transmit 
over accounts of Mr. Bridger's proceedings in relation to naval 
stores, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

A representation proposing Colonel John Smith [jo. 139, 148] to 
be of the Councill of Virginia in the room of Colonel Bird, 
desceased (sic), was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 13th instant [Jo. 135], 
upon a representation of the same date relating to the sequestration 
of Colonel Maycock's estate in Barbados, approving the said repre- 
sentation, was read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 13th instant [Jo. 128] 
vacating the Order of Councill made the 26th of October last, upon 
a representation of this Board of the 22nd of the same month, 
relating to Mr. Lillington of Barbados [Jo. 212], and directing that 
the said Lillington to be at liberty to appeal from the judgment 
against hint, if he thinks fit, — that in order thereunto all records 
and proceedings relating to his case be transmitted, — that his 
complaint be sent to the Governor and Councill for their answer, 
and that the fine of 2,000Z. [Jo. 212] be restored to the said Lillington 
for his use, he giving sufficient security to abide by her Majesty's 
determination upon his case, was read. 

December 20. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr Prior. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon two Acts of Maryland 
relating to popery [fo. 145], which were sent him the 5th instant, 
was read ; and their lordships agreed [fo. 149, 150] to proceed 



1705. 



Maryland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Attorney General to 

hasten his report on 

the two Acts about 

Popery. 

Massachusets. 
Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about a French sloop 
and French settle- 
ment at Quebec. 

Letter to Mr. 
Lowndes with account 
of pirates effects in 

New England, 

and Post Office in 

America. 



Plantations General. 
New England. 
Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
with draught of in- 
structions for Mr. 

Bridger. 
Naval stores, &c. 
Plantations General. 
Draught of circular 
letter to Governors 
about Mr. Bridger. 

Virginia. 

Representation for 
Col. Smith to be of 
the Councill. 
Barbados. 
Copy of an Order of 
Councill about seques- 
tration of Col. 
Maycock's estate. 
Copy of an Order of 
Councill vacating a 
former order relating 

to Lillington, 
directing that he may 
appeal, &c. 



And his '2,000Z. fine 
to be restored. 



Maryland. 

Attorney GeneraVs 

report on Acts about 

Popery. 



200 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 148-151. 



1705. 



New England. 

Report on Col. 

Dudley's letters. 

Virginia. 

Representation for 
Mr. Smith to be of 

the Councill. 

Pennsylvania. 

Acts. 



New Hampshire. 

Mr. Allen about an 
appeal. 



Maryland. 
Lord Baltemore. 
Memorial of Roman 
Catholieks in Mary- 
land. 



Maryland. 
Draught of repre- 
sentation on two Acts 
about Popery. 



Virginia. 

Letter from Col. 
Nolt. 

Papers of publick 
proceedings. 



Col. Nicholson 
summond. 



upon the consideration of the said Acts and report to-morrow 
morning. 

A representation upon Colonel Dudley's late letter [fo. 142, 153], 
as directed in the minutes of the 18th instant, was signed. 

A representation proposing that Colonel John Smith be restored 
to his place in the Councill of Virginia [Jo. 147, 158], as agreed in 
yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

Mr. Perm desired that he might have the body of the laws of 
Pennsylvania [fo. 112, 115, 172] in order to the signing the same 
according to their lordships' directions of the 22nd of the last month, 
which were delivered to him accordingly. And he acquainted 
their lordships that he had somthing to offer to the objections 
made by their lordships to some of the said laws, which he would 
do in a day or two, and which he hoped would incline their lordships 
not to present the said laws to her Majesty to be repealed. 

Mr. Thomas Allen attending [fo. 142], and being discours'd with 
upon the subject of Ms petition mentioned in the minutes of the 
18th instant ; ordered that a copy of his said petition be sent to 
Mr. Attorney General for his opinion [fo. 283] whether it be fit 
for her Majesty to grant the prayer of the said petition. 

December 21. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 

Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
The Lord Baltimore presented to their lordships the copy of a 
memorial from the Roman Catholieks in Maryland to the Assembly 
there, upon which the Assembly passed a Bill for suspending part 
of an Act to prevent the growth of popery in that province ; whereupon 
he desired, in consideration that the said suspending Act will expire 
in six months, their lordships would move her Majesty that the 
said Act might be continued without liniitation of time. He further 
desired that three chappels, vizt. one at St. Mary's, one at 
Britain's Bay, and one in the forest in Charles County, might be 
allowed the Roman Catholieks for places of publick worship. 

The draught of a representation upon the two forementioned 
Acts of Maryland relating to popery [fo. 148, 157] was agreed ; 
and thereupon ordered that it be sent to the Lord Bishop of London 
for his concurrence, and that his lordship be acquainted that the 
Board will meet again on Wednesday the second of January. 

A letter from Colonel Nott, Governor of Virginia, dated the 
22nd of September last, was read, and the papers therein referr'd 
to laid before the Board, and are as follows : — 

Copy of the Councill's report to Colonel Nott upon the state of 

the revenue since the death of Auditor Bird. 
Copy of two proclamations, the one for confining the civill as 
well as military officers in their several imployments ; the 
other for discountenancing the persons who run away with the 
sloop Hannah from Maryland. 
Minutes of Councill of Virginia from the 15th August to the 
17th September, 1705. 
Ordered that Colonel Nicholson be desired to attend the Board 
on Wednesday the second of January next. 



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201 



January 2. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An order of the House < f Commons of the 21st of December last 
[fo. 155, 156, 157], requiring this Board to lay before that House 
a state of the trade with Newfoundland and the Western Islands, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 155] that Mr. Merrett, 
Mr. Campbell and Lieutenant Moody (lately arrived from New- 
foundland) have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 
And further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to know 
what answer the Commadore of the Newfoundland convoy has 
brought to the heads of enquiry that were given him. 

A letter from the Captain of the Non-Such, signifying that he 
had a box for this Board from the Lord Cornbury on board his 
ship, and desiring directions how to send it hither, being read ; 
ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 154] to desire to 
know where the said ship is at present, that their lordships may 
give the captain directions about sending the said box. 

An Order of Councill of the 20th of December last [fo. 148] upon 
a representation of the same date, relating to New England, 
directing this Board to lay before her Majesty the misfeasances of 
the Charter Governments, and the advantages that may arise by 
reducing such Charter Governments, was read, and directions 
[fo. 160] given for drawing up the said misfeasances accordingly. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 19th of the last month, 
referring to the Board the petition of Peregine Brown, praying 
that the Governor of Maryland may have directions to permit 
the ship Nicholson to saile from thence without convoy, in case 
the master of the said ship cannot be ready to saile with the convoy, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 156] that Colonel Blakiston 
have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

Colonel Nicholson attending, and being asked some questions 
in relation to a Bill of 501. transmitted in his letter of the 25th of 
July last to be dispos'd of by their lordships to the sollicitor of the 
Virginia affairs, he said that he had not appointed any agent after 
Mr. Thrale's death, that he had been informed by Sir Thomas 
Frankland that Mr. Wilcocks had acted in that station, but that, 
however, he submitted the disposal of the said Bill to their lord- 
ships ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes, 
giving him a state of this matter, and inclosing the said Bill, to be 
laid before my Lord High Treasurer for his lordship's directions 
thereupon. 



1705-6. 



Newfoundland. 

Order of House of 

Commons for state 

of trade of 

Newfoundland. 

Mr. Merret, cfcc, 
summond. 

Letter to Mr. 
Burchet for Comma- 
dare's answer to 
heads of inquiry. 

New Yorke. 

Letter from Captain 

of the Non-Such about 

a packet from the 

Lord Cornbury. 

Letter to Mr. 
Burchet thereupon. 

Proprieties. 
New England. 

Order of Councill 

about irregularities 

of Charter 

Governments. 



Maryland. 

Letter from Air. 
Secretary Hedges on 

petition of Mr. 
Brown, praying 
leave to sail without 
convoy, &c. 



Virginia. 

Col. Nicholson about 
a bill of 501. for pay- 
ing the agent. 



Letter to Mr. 

Lowndes with the 

said Bill. 



January 3. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet [fo. 152], in answer to one writ him 
yesterday, signifying that her Majesty's ship the Non-Such, lately 
arrived from New Yorke, is ordered to the Downes, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to the captain of that 
ship, to desire him to send the box he has on board from the 
Lord Cornbury, by the post or by any other safe conveyance, taking 
a receipt for the same. 



New Yorke. 

Letter from Mr. 

Burchet about ship 

Non-Such being 

order'd to the Downes. 

Letter to the Captain 

about a box from 

Lord Cornbury. 



202 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 155-157. 



1705-6. 
Newfoundland. 

Mr. Merret. 



Affidavit of Richard 

Sampson relating to 

Colin Campbell and 

Capt. Lloyd, &c. 



Mr. Campbell and 
Lieutenant Moody. 



Letter to Sir William 
Phippard to know 
wliat advice he has 
received from New- 
foundland. 

Maryland. 

Col. Blakiston about 

petition of Mr. 
Brown for the ship 
Nicholson to come 
thence without convoy. 



Letter to be writ Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

thereon. 



Representation on 

two Acts about 

Popery. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Jackson, lately come 
from Newfoundland. 

Answer. 



Mr. Merret attending [fo. 152, 160], and being ask'd several 
questions in relation to Newfoundland, he said that, not having 
yet received his letters, he was not able to give their lordships any 
account, but that he hoped he should do it in a few days. He added 
that he had heard that there was not above 40 ships of all sorts 
there this fishing season. 

He communicated to their lordships the copy of an affidavit 
of Richard Sampson, setting forth that Mr. Colin Campbell had 
indeavoured to suborn him to swear falsely against Captain Lloyd 
and Mr. Solomon Merret, to which is annexed the copy of what 
Mr. Campbell would have had him swore {sic) to, which was read. 

Mr. Campbell and Lieutenant Moody also attending [Jo. 152], 
Mr. Moody acquainted their lordships that upon Major Lloyd's 
arrival with a new company, he found Mr. Latham was appointed 
captain, and Mr. Gully and Mr. Philips lieutenants ; so that having 
no more business there, he came away with 54 men of the old com- 
pany, five whereof were lost when the Loo and the Falkland prize 
were cast away. He added that they had received but one 
cloathing, and a part of a cloathing, since his being there, which 
was about three years ; and thereupon ordered that Mr. Thurston 
have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning. These 
gentlemen further said that there was at St. John's about fifty 
ships of all sorts, and about 12, or 15 in the other harbours. And 
they promised to bring their lordships [Jo. 160] in a few days a 
particular account, both in relation to the forts and fortifications 
and to the trade and fishery of Newfoundland. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Sir William Phippard [Jo. 152, 
160], to desire him to communicate to the Board what accounts 
he has received from Newfoundland, and to acquaint him that 
their lordships desire to speak to him to-morrow morning. 

Colonel Blakiston attending according to order [fo. 153], and 
being acquainted with the petition of Peregine Brown, praying 
that the ship Nicholson may have leave to come from Maryland 
after the departure of the convoy, in case the convoy sail before 
the said ship can be ready ; he said that the said ship was to carry 
over for the use of the Government of Maryland 110 half barrels of 
powder, lOOcutlaces, 200 cartouch boxes, 150 rnusquets, 5,000 weight 
of lead in bullets, and 22 drums, and that he paid freight for the 
same ; whereupon their lordships gave directions for preparing 
an answer to Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter [fo. 160] mentioned in 
yesterday's minutes upon the foresaid petition of Peregrine Brown 
with their opinion that the said ship be permitted to saile after 
the convoy now bound thither, but not before the convoy. 

A representation upon two Acts past at Maryland in October 
and December, 1704 [Jo. 150, 163] (growth of popery in Maryland, 
vide fo. 247, 248) relating to popery, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Jackson, late minister at Newfoundland, 
signifying his arrival in England, and that by reason of indisposition 
he was not able to attend their lordships, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered [fo. 152, 160] that he be desired to put into writing what 
account he can give of the state of the trade and fishery of New- 
foundland, particularly for this and the preceding year. 



K. 157-161.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



203 



The copy of an Order of Councill of the 13th of December last 
[fo. 88, 158], upon a representation of the 1st of November last, 
for repealing two Acts past at Antegoa in June, 1704, intituled 
An Act for holding a Court of Chancery &c, and An Act for 
establishing of Courts &c, approving the said representation, was 
read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the same date, upon the 
foresaid representation [fo. 88, 157], confirming An Act past at 
Antegoa for impowering a Councill of Officers to appoint methods for 
the repairing and carrying on of trenches &c, was read. 

The copies of the two Orders of Councill of the 20th of the last 
month [fo. 148], upon a representation of the same date, proposing 
that Mr. John Smith be readmitted into the Councill of Virginia 
to fill up the present vacancy by the death of Colonel Bird, and 
that Mr. John Lewis be readmitted into his place in the said Councill 
upon the first vacancy that shall happen, approving the said repre- 
sentation, were read. 



1705-6. 
Antegoa. 

Order of Councill on 
representation repeal- 
ing two Acts. 



Antegoa. 

Copy of an Order of 
Councill on representa- 
tion confirming an Act. 

Virginia. 

Orders on a repre- 
sentation about Mr. 

Smith and 

Lewis's being of the 

Councill. 



January 4. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Some members of the Turkey Company attending, presented 
to their lordships a paper intituled " The Case of the Levant 
Company," relating to the importation of Turkey goods from 
the neutral ports in Italy, which was read ; and to which they added 
that the French had of late found means to import great quantities 
of Turkey goods into Leghorn and other ports in Italy, from whence 
the said goods were brought into England by Jews and other 
persons, which was of great detriment to the Turkey Company, 
and therefore they said that they intended to make application 
to the Parliament for relief, by some clause of an Act to be passed 
for that purpose, and desired their lordships' assistance therein : 
whereupon their lordships did promise them their assistance as 
there should be occasion. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 19th of 
the last month [fo. 157] relating to the ship Nicholson, bound for 
Maryland, as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

The draught of a report to the House of Commons [fo. 152, 161], 
in answer to an order of that House of the 21st of the last month, 
relating to Newfoundland, was laid before the Board, and a progress 
made in the consideration thereof. 



Trade. 

Case of the Levant 
Company in relation 
to Turkey goods im- 
ported from neutral 
ports. 



Maryland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about ship Nicholson 

bound to Maryland. 

Newfoundland. 

Draught of report 

to the House of 

Commons. 



January 7. Present : — -Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

The draught of articles against the Propriety Governments in 
America [fo. 153, 163] in pursuance of her Majesty's Order of 
Councill of the 20th of the last month, was laid before the Board, 
and a progress made in the consideration thereof. 

The Lord Baltemore communicated to the Board the copy of 
his letter to William Hunter and other Papists in Maryland [fo. 67, 
76], blaming them for their late indiscreet zeal in indeavouring 
to make proselytes in that colony, and requiring them to be more 



New England. 
Proprieties. 

Draught of Articles 

against Propriety 

Governments. 

Maryland. 

Copy of Lord 

Baltemore' s letter to 

Popish priests in 

Maryland. 



204 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 161-164. 



1705-6. 

Copy thereof to be 

sent to Col. 

Seymour. 

Newfoundland. 

Report to House of 
Commons. 



circumspect in their behaviour for the future, which was read, 
and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said letter be sent to 
Colonel Seymour for his information. 

Their lordships made a further progress in their report to the 
House of Commons about Newfoundland [fo. 160, 166], and gave 
directions for some additions thereunto. 



Newfoundland. 
Mr. Eoop to give 
account of the trade 
and fishery and of 

French trade. 



Their cruelty — last 
winter. 

And account of our 
settlements northward. 



Copy of a letter from 

Monsieur Suhercasse 

about exchange of 

prisoners. 

New England. 

Extract thereof to be 

sent to Col. Dudley. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Burchet for Capt. 

Bridge to attend, 

with his answer to 

heads of inquiry. 

Proprieties. 
New England. 

Representation on 
misfeasances of Pro- 
priety Governments. 



Maryland. 
Order of Councill on 
representation about 
two Acts relating to 

Popery. 



January 8. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

Mr. John Roop, lately arrived from Newfoundland, attending, 
acquainted their lordships that he was taken prisoner by the French 
in their attempt upon St. John's the last winter, and was kept at 
Placentia eight months, but was with others afterwards exchanged 
for some French prisoners that were at St. John's, particularly 
the nephew of Monsieur Du Casse. He said that the French had 
but 120 soldiers at Placentia ; that their forts are not so good as 
ours at St. John's, but that they are now going to make additional 
works for the better securing of that place. He was then desired 
to draw up and give their lordships in writing an account of the 
trade and fishery [fo. 165], as far as he was able, for the year 1704. 

The like account for this present year. 

An account of the French trade and fishery, how they maintain 
their settlements and stages, with his opinion how they may best 
be destroyed. 

An account of the cruelties used by the French and their Indians 
to the English in their attempt the last winter. 

And an account of our settlements to the northward of 
Bonavista. To which he answered [Jo. 165] that, having lost all 
his papers when the French took him, he was not able to give so 
particular an account as might be expected, but, however, he would 
do the best, he could on Friday next. 

He then communicated to their lordships the copy of a letter 
from Monsieur De Subercasse, Governor of Placentia, to the Admiral 
of St. John's Harbour, relating to the exchange of prisoners, which 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that an extract thereof, relating 
to Mr. Keen, be sent to Colonel Dudley. 

And further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 164], 
to desire him to move his Royal Highness the Lord High Admiral's 
Councill, that Captain Bridge, Commadore of the Newfoundland 
convoy, may have notice to attend the Board with such papers as 
he may have brought from thence, in answer to the heads of inquiry 
given him relating to that trade and fishery. 

Their lordships made a further progress in the draught of a 
representation [fo. 160, 164] relating to the misfeasances of the 
Propriety and Charter Governments. 

January 9. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt. 

An Order of Councill of the 3rd instant [fo. 157], upon a repre- 
sentation of the same date relating to two Acts of Maryland about 
popery, approving the said representation, and directing the Board 
to signify her Majesty's pleasure to the Governor of Maryland 



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205 



accordingly, was read, and directions given for adding a clause 
to the letter to Colonel Seymour, pursuant to the said order. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet, in answer to one writ him yesterday 
[fo. 163, 168], signifying that orders were sent to Commadore Bridge 
that he attend the Board with such answer as he may have to the 
heads of inquiry given him relating to Newfoundland. 

Copy of a memorial presented by Mr. Stepney to the Emperour, 
dated the 30th of December, 1704, desiring that the edict whereby 
English serges are prohibited in Austria may be revoked, was 
read. 

Their lordships made a further progress in the draught of a 
representation [jo. 163, 165] upon the misfeasances of the Proprietary 
and Charter Governments. 

January 10. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A representation upon her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 
20th of December last [Jo. 164, 211] relating to the misfeasances of 
the Proprietary and Charter Governments in America [jo. 180, 183, 
Rhode Island, 182 Connecticut], was signed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to the Governor of the Hambourgh 
Company [fo. 141, 171], to put him in mind of sending their lord- 
ships the account he promised the Board the 17th of December 
last, relating to their trade in the Emperor's territories. 

January 11. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Mr. John Roop attending [fo. 162], presented to their lordships 
a memorial relating to the state of the English trade and fishery 
of Newfoundland, as also relating to the French settlements there, 
together with a particular account of the number of fishing ships, 
sack ships, boats, quantity of fish taken &c. this present year, 
and a list of the names of the English settlements to the northward 
of Bonavista, which were read. He further acquainted their lord- 
ships that, in his opinion, nothing was more detrimental to that 
fishery than the great quantities of rum imported thither from the 
other plantations ; and therefore he proposed that the importation 
of strong liquors to Newfoundland be prohibited, except what shall 
be carryed thither from England. He added that they had lately 
found a sort of a slate at Newfoundland, which was very hard and 
fit for building. 

Their lordships then took into consideration the draught of a 
report to the House of Commons relating to Newfoundland [fo. 161, 
167], and made a progress therein. 

Major Palms, one of the commissioners appointed by her Majesty 
[H. fo. 165 ; fo. 56, 178] to examine into the complaints of the 
Mohegan Indians against the Government of Connecticut, attending, 
acquainted their lordships that the magistrates of that Government 
had protested against the authority of her Majesty's commission 
in that behalf ; that the commissioners, however, proceeded to a 
sentence in favour of the said Indians, but that he did not know 
how far the Government will comply therewith. 



1705-6. 

Clause to be there- 
upon added to Col. 
Seymour' s letter. 
Newfoundland. 
Letter from Mr. 
Burchet about Capt. 
Bridge's being to 
attend. 
Trade. 
Copy of Mr. 
Stepney's memorial 
to the Emperor for 
revoking an edict 
about serges. 

Proprieties. 
New England. 

Draught of report on 
misfeasances. 



Proprieties. 
New England. 

Representation on 
■misfeasances, dkc. 

Trade. 

Hambourgh Compajiy. 

Trade with the 

Empire. 



Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Roop about state of 

the fishery. 



Newfoundland. 

Report to House of 
Commons. 

Connecticut. 
New England. 

Major Palms about 
Mohegan Indians. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 167-170. 



1705-6. 



Maryland. 

Queen's warrant per- 
mitting Sir Thomas 
Lawrence to stay in 
England. 



Newfoundland. 

Report to House of 
Commons. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Burchet about answer 

to heads of inquiry 

given to Capt. 

Bridge. 

Letter to Mr. Moody 
for an account of the 
fishery. 



January 14. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir Thomas Lawrence communicated to the Board a warrant 
from her Majesty, dated the 31st of December last, permitting 
him to be absent from Maryland during her Majesty's pleasure, 
he putting in a sufficient deputy to execute his place of secretary 
there, during his said absence, which was read, and a copy thereof 
ordered to be kept. 

Their lordships made a further progress in the draught of a 
report to the House of Commons relating to Newfoundland 
[fo. 166, 170]. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 164, vide infra] 
to desire to know whether Commadore Bridge be yet come to 
town, or whether he have made any answer to the heads of inquiry 
given him relating to the trade and fishery of that place. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Lieutenant Moody for such 
account as he is able to give of the fishery of Newfoundland for 
this present year 1705. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Fawler about Capt. 
Bridge's being ordered 
to attend the Board. 

Leeward Islands. 
Memorial from Col. 
Park about soldiers. 
Letter to Secretary 

Hedges thereon. 

Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Roop about attempts 

of the French. 



Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
with relation of 
occurrences in New- 
foundland during 
Moody's command. 



Lieutenant Moody 

with another copy 

thereof. 



January 15. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Fawler, in answer to that writ Mr. Burchet 
yesterday [vide supra], signifying that directions were sent to 
Commadore Bridge, at Deptford [fo. 201] to attend the Board this 
day, was read. 

A memorial from Colonel Parke relating to the soldiers in the 
Leeward Islands, was read, and a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges 
thereupon, was signed. 

Mr. John Roop attending, presented to their lordships another 
memorial [fo. 69 and infra] relating to what past at Newfoundland 
during the attempts the French made upon the English settlements 
there the last winter ; unto which is annexed a copy of his letter 
to Lieutenant Latham, and of two letters from Monsieur Subercasse 
to Lieutenant Moody. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges, dated yesterday [vide supra, 
New attempts of ye French, fo. 364], referring to the Board a 
relation of the most material occurrences and transactions at 
St. John's and parts adjacent in Newfoundland, during the time 
that Lieutenant Moody commanded in cheif there, was laid before 
the Board ; and their lordships resolved to take the same into 
consideration at the first opportunity. 

Lieutenant Moody attending, presented to their lordships another 
copy of the foremen tioned relation. 



Newfoundland. 

Report to the House 

of Commons. 



January 16. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A report to the House of Commons [fo. 167], in obedience to an 
Order of the 21st of the last month, requiring a state of the trade 
of Newfoundland, was signed. 



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FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



207 



Mr. Roop attending, presented to their lordships a letter from 
Major Lloyd, dated at St. John's in Newfoundland the 21st of 
November last, complaining that the provisions for the soldiers 
was embezled during Lieutenant Moody's commanding there, 
which was read, and a copy thereof ordered to be sent to 
Lieutenant Moody [Jo. 174] for his speedy answer. 

Mr. Roop also presented to their lordships an account of things 
necessary for .the perfecting the Boom at St. John's Harbour, 
which was read ; and at the same time communicated to their 
lordships an abstract of the Muster Rolls of the company of soldiers 
there. 

January 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from Mr. Jackson, late minister at St. John's in 
Newfoundland [Jo. 196, 248], containing an account of the present 
state of that place, was now received. 

Mr. Roop presented to the Board a petition of several masters 
of ships, dated at St. John's in Newfoundland the 15th of October 
last, giving their reasons for the present decay of the Newfoundland 
trade, which was read. 

A memorial from the Hambourgh Company [Jo. 165], setting 
forth several hardships they undergo in their trade to Austria and 
other the Emperor's territories, was read, and a letter writ to 
Mr. Secretary Harley, acquainting him that the Board are desirous 
to speak with the Emperor's Commissioners any morning the next 
week [Jo. 173] ; and ordered that the foresaid memorial be translated 
into French, to be communicated to the said Commissioners. 

A representation upon the laws of Pennsylvania agreed the 
26th of November last [Jo. 115, 148, 228], was now signed and 
sent to the Councill Office. 

January 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Secretary Hedges, 
Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Sir Thomas Lawrence presented to their lordships a memorial 
[Jo. 119; L. jo. 27], setting forth that an Act lately past in Maryland 
takes away the benefit of ordinary licences from the secretary's 
office, and thereupon praying that the Governor may have directions 
that the profits arising by that Act may be kept in bank till her 
Majesty's pleasure be known upon the said Act, which was read ; 
whereupon their lordships resolved to take the same into further 
consideration when they shall write to the Governor of Maryland. 

January 21. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Comte de Gallas, the Emperor's Envoy, and Monsieur Vecelly, 
Commissary General! of Commerce to the Emperor, attending, 
their lordships communicated to them the contents of the memorial 
from the Hambourgh Company [fo. 171, 275], mentioned in the 
minutes of the 17th instant ; whereupon they desired a copy thereof 
in French, and that the said Company would give in a particular 
account of all the hardships they complain of, and of the remedies 



1705-6. 

Letter from Major 
Lloyd about imbez- 
lemenl of provisions. 



Mr. Hoop about 

necessaries wanting 

for the Boom. 

Abstract of the 
Muster Rolls. 



Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Jackson about state 

of Newfoundland. 

Petition of several 

masters of ships about 

decay of trade. 



Trade. 

Memorial from the 

Hambourgh Company 

about hardships in 

their trade. 

Letter to Mr Secretary 

Harley desiring a 

conference with the 

Emperor s ministers 

thereon. 

Pennsylvania. 

Representation on 

laws. 



Maryland. 

Memorial from Sir 
Thomas Lawrence 
about an Act that 
takes away his benefit 
by ordinary licences. 



Trade. 

Emperor's ministers 

at the Board about 

memorial from the 

Hambourgh Company. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 173-176. 



1705-6. 



Translation thereof 

given them. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Harley thereupon. 

Trade. 

Letter to the 

Hamhourgh Company 

about conference with 

Imperial ministers. 

Newfoundland. 

Petition from mer- 
chants of Biddyford 
about erecting a fort 
at Ferryland, and 
convoy. 



Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges thereon. 

Letter from Lieut. 
Moody in answer to 
Major LloyoVs about 
soldiers' 1 provisions. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges thereupon. 



Maryland. 

Order of Councill on 
representation about 
stale of Maryland. 

Draught of letter to 
the Governor. 
New Jersey. 

Draught of letter to 
the Governor. 



Virginia. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 
returning the address 
against Col. Quary. 
Representation there- 
upon. 

New England. 

Quakers complaining 

of a print published 

at Boston. 

Col. Dudley to be 
writ to thereon. 

Draught of a letter 
to Col. Dudley. 



[fo. 174], and they, appearing sensible of the inconveniencies arising 
by such hardships to the course of trade and mutual correspondence, 
did promise to write effectually to the Court of Vienna that the 
same might be taken off ; whereupon a translation of the 
Hambourgh Company's foresaid memorial was delivered to them 
[fo. 275], and a letter writ to Mr. Secretary Harley giving him an 
account of what had been now done. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to the Hambourgh Company 
[fo. 173, 188], giving them an account of what has past as aforesaid, 
and desiring what further particulars they can give of the hardships 
they suffer in their trade to Germany. 

A petition from the merchants of Biddyford trading to New- 
foundland, praying that a fort may be erected at Ferryland, and 
that a man-of-war may be ordered to Milford by the 20th of February 
to convoy the ships of those parts to Newfoundland, was read ; 
whereupon their lordships agreed to represent their desire of a 
convoy to her Majesty. And as for their desire of a fort, their 
lordships writ to Mr. Secretary Hedges, proposing that Sir John 
Gibson, Deputy Governor of Portsmouth, may be ask'd his opinion 
therein. 

A letter from Lieutenant Moody, in answer to one from 
Major Lloyd [fo. 170], which was sent him the 16th instant, relating 
to the embezlement of the soldiers' provisions at Newfoundland and 
to the hardships they indured there, was read ; whereupon a letter 
was writ to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 184, 185], proposing that 
Sir John Gibson may have directions to examine the said soldiers, 
who are now at Portsmouth, touching proceedings and what has 
fallen within their knowledge during their stay at Newfoundland. 

An Order of Councill of the 1 8th of December last [fo. 118] upon 
a representation of this Board of the 29th of November foregoing, 
requiring the Board to give directions to the Governor of Maryland, 
pursuant to the said representation, was read. 

The draughts of letters to Colonel Seymour, Governor of 
Maryland, and to the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New Jersey, 
were agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

January 22. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges, of yesterday's date [fo. 121], 
referring back to this Board the address of the Assembly of Virginia 
which had been sent to him the 16th of October last [fo. 59], con- 
taining complaints against Colonel Quary, was read, and a repre- 
sentation thereupon agreed and ordered to be transcribed 
[/o. 178]. 

Mr. Field and Mr. Wyeth attending, communicated to their 
lordships a news letter published at Boston the 29th of October 
last, in which there are some reflexions against the proceedings 
of the Quakers here, and desiring their lordships to write in their 
next letter to Colonel Dudley thereupon ; their lordships gave 
directions for writing accordingly. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Dudley, Governor of the 
Massachusets Bay, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 



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209 



A letter from Colonel Dudley, dated at Boston the 1st of November 
last, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the 
Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

Three proclamations, the one ordaining a general thanksgiving 
&c., the other two about the ship Deptford's being to sail 
to Saltertudos &c. 
Lists of causes tryed in several Courts in New England from 

October, 1704, to October, 1705. 
Register of births in the several townes in the Massachusets 

Bay from the 5th of Aprill, 1704, to the 5th of Aprill, 1705. 
Proposition of the representatives and freeholders of New 

Hampshire to Mr. Allen. 
Letter from the commissioners appointed by her Majesty 
to make inquiry into the complaints of the Mohegan Indians 
against Connecticut, with their proceedings upon that 
matter, dated the 25th of August, 1705. 
Proceedings of the commissioners appointed by her Majesty 
to make inquiry into the complaints of the Mohegan Indians 
against the government of Connecticut. 
Whereupon their lordships gave directions for adding several 
clauses to the forementioned letter to Colonel Dudley. 



1705-6. 

Letter from Col. 
Dudley. 



Papers therein re- 
fer'd to. 



January 23. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Blakiston attending, was acquainted that her Majesty 
had been pleased to approve of Colonel Seymour's desire of a store 
keeper to be sent over to Maryland, for taking care of the publick 
arms there, and that he would do well to endeavour to find out 
such a person to be sent thither accordingly. 

A representation upon the address from the Assembly of Virginia 
against Colonel Quary [fo. 175], as agreed in yesterday's minutes, 
together with a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, 
were signed. 

A letter from the Commissioners appointed by her Majesty to 
make inquiry into the complaints of the Mohegan Indians against 
Connecticut [fo. 166 ; H. fo. 465], with their proceedings upon 
that matter, dated the 25th of August, 1705, was read, and the 
draught of a representation thereupon agreed [fo. 183] and ordered 
to be transcribed. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the Board [Jo. 146], inclosing 
an account of the pirates' gold and treasure transmitted to the 
Lord Treasurer, dated the 3rd of November last, was read. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the Secretary of this Board, 
with an account of what has been done in the Massachusets Bay 
about Pemaquid and the Governor's salary &c. [I. fo. 248], dated 
the 3rd of November last, was read, and the papers therein referr'd 
to were laid before the Board, and are as follows : 

Colonel Dudley's speech to the Assembly relating to Pemaquid 
and the settling a salary upon the Governor and Lieutenant 
Governor &c. 
Wt. 16557. O 



Maryland. 

Storekeeper to be 
appointed. 



Virginia. 

Representation on 

address against Col. 

Quary. 

Connecticut. 

Letter from Commis- 
sioners appointed to 
hear complaints of 
Mohegan Indians, 
with their proceedings. 



New England. 

Letter from Col. 

Dudley about pirates' 

treasure. 

Letter from Col. 
Dudley about Pema- 
quid-salaries, &c. 



Publick papers. 



210 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 179-181. 



1705-6. 



New England. 

Letter from Mr. 
Addington. 

Papers of pvhlick 
proceedings. 



New England. 

Second letter from 
Mr. Addington. 



New England. 
Rhode Island. 

Letter from Col. 
Dudley with com- 
plaints against Rhode 
Island and proofs of 

the charge. 

Papers therein re- 

fer'd to. 



Copy of the Assembly's answer to Colonel Dudley's speech 

relating to Pemaquid and to the settling of a salary upon 

himself and Lieutenant Governor. 

Copy of the address of the Assembly of New England to her 

Majesty, setting forth reasons for not complying with the 

commands for building a fort at Pemaquid &c, and for 

settling a salary on the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. 

A letter from Mr. Addington, of the 6th of November last, was 

read, and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, 

and are as follows : 

Minutes of Councill from the 6th of June, 1704, to the 18th of 

October following inclusive. 
Minutes of the Councill from the 28th of October, 1704, to 

the 3rd of March following, 170|, inclusive. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 25th of October, 

1704, to the 18th November following inclusive. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 27th December, 

1704, to the 6th of January, 170f, inclusive. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 21st of February, 

170f, to the 3rd of March following inclusive. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from May the 30th, 1705, 

to June the 30th following inclusive. 
Acts past at a General Assembly of the Massachusets Bay in 

May, 1703. 
An Act for reviving and further continuing of two several 
Acts herein named referring to the war, past the 25th October, 
1704. 
An Act against soldiers and seamen in her Majesty's service 

being arrested for debt, past the 27th December, 1704. 
Acts past at a Genera 11 Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, 
the 30th of May, 1705. 
Another letter from Mr. Addington, signifying the arrival of 
Mr. Cary wth the cannon her Majesty had been pleased to give 
for the Fort William at Boston, dated the 13th November last, 
was read. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the Board, with proofs of the 
articles of complaints against Rhode Island [fo. 165, 182, 208], 
dated the 2nd of November last, was read, and the papers therein 
referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

Colonel Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island's receipt to 

Colonel Dudley for the charge of complaints against that 

Government, dated the 25th July, 1705. 
Colonel Dudley's certificate, testifying that the affidavits 

to prove the charge against Rhode Island are made by 

persons of credit and veracity &c. 
Several papers and affidavits proving each article of the charge 

against Rhode Island. 
The Governor and Company of Rhode Island's answer to 

Colonel Dudley upon the Queen's letter relating to their 

quota towards the assistance of New England, dated 

December the 28th, 1704. 



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FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



211 



Copy of Colonel Cranston's letter to Colonel Dudley about the 

quota demanded from Rhode Island, dated the 28th February, 

170f , with Colonel Dudley's answer thereto. 

Another letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary of this Board, 

relating to complaints of the Narraganset Country against the 

Government of Rhode Island, dated the 15th of November last, 

was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the 

Board, and are as follows : 

Address from the proprietors of the Narraganset Country to 
Colonel Dudley, praying his favour in representing to her 
Majesty the hardships they suffer by the Rhode Islanders. 
Copy of several papers relating to the Narraganset Country, 
containing some complaints against ye Government of Rhode 
Island, and the ill treatment which some French refugees 
have received in being put out of their settlements. 
The following papers relating to Connecticut [fo. 165] were at 
the same time received and laid before the Board, vizt. : 

Colonel Dudley's certificate, testifying that the affidavits to 
prove the charge against Connecticut are made by persons 
of credit and veracity. 
Colonel Winthrop's receipt of the charge of complaints against 

Connecticut &c. 
Several papers and affidaivts proving the articles of the charge 
against Connecticut &c. [fo. 165, 208]. 
Two letters from the Governor and Company of Rhode Island, 
dated the 15th September and 29th October last, inclosing several 
papers in their justification upon account of a Spanish ship con- 
demned there, and another letter, also of the 29th of October last 
[fo. 165, 208], signifying that Mr. Wharton, their agent, has their 
answer to the charge of irregularities exhibited against them, were 
read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 195] that a letter be writ to the 
said Wharton, that he bring to their lordships the said answer. 

January 24. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt. Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation upon the report of the Commissioners appointed 
to hear the Mohegan Indians against the Government of Connecticut, 
[fo. 178, 187, 339] as agreed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Nott, Governor of Virginia, 
was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Ordered that no letters or packets directed to this Board from 
any of the foreign plantations be opened but in presence of three of 
the Commissioners sitting at the Board ; or, in case the said letters or 
packets be brought to this office when three of the Commissioners 
are not sitting, then to be opened by the secretary only, but none 
to be given out to be read by any particular Commissioner till 
first read by, or presented to, three of the said Commissioners sitting 
at the Board. 



1705-6. 



Second letter from 

Col. Dudley against 

Rhode Island. 



Papers therein 
referred to. 



New England. 
Connecticut. 

Papers relating to 

the charge against 

Connecticut. 



Rhode Island. 

Three letters from 
Governor and Com- 
pany ; 
one signifying that 
Mr. Wharton has 
their answer to the 
charge. 

Letter to Mr. Wharton 
thereupon. 



New England. 
Connecticut. 

Representation about 
Mohegan Indians. 

Virginia. 

Draught of letter to 

Col. Nott. 

Miscellanies. 

Letters from the 

Plantations, to be 

opend before three 

of the Board, <£-c 



January 25. 
Mr. Prior. 



Present :— Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 



212 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 184-187. 



1705-6. 
Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

desiring queries upon 

which the soldiers 

at Portsmouth should 

be examin'd. 

Answer. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter from 
Lieutenant Moody 

with affidavit 

of the soldiers at 

Portsmouth about his 

behaviour at St. 

Johns. 



Letter from Mr. 
Thurston. 



Draught of representa- 
tion relating to 
Newfoundland. 

Mr. Hoop summon' d. 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges, of yesterday's date [fo. 174, 
185, 202], in answer to one writ him the 21st instant, desiring to 
know upon what particular heads the Board would have the soldiers 
lately arrived from Newfoundland examined, was read, and an 
answer thereunto immediatly drawn up and signed. 



A letter from Lieutenant Moody, of yesterday's date [fo. 184, 
202], inclosing an affidavit from the soldiers at Portsmouth lately 
arrived from Newfoundland, relating to the said Moody's behaviour 
during the time that the French beseiged the fort at St. John's, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that Lieutenant Moody have 
notice to attend the Board on Monday morning next, and that he 
bring with him in writing [fo. 186] an account of the defects of the 
forts at St. John's, and of the wants thereof. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston inclosing accounts of necessaries 
wanting for the soldiers at Newfoundland for this present year 
1706, was read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 186] that Mr. Thurston 
have notice to attend the Board on Monday morning next. 

The draught of a representation relating to Newfoundland 
[fo. 187] was laid before the Board, and a progress made in the 
consideration thereof ; and upon that article which relates to the 
Boom [fo. 186], ordered that Mr. Roop have notice to attend 
the Board on Monday morning next. 



Newfoundland. 

Lieutenant Moody's 
answer about forts. 

Letter from Mr. 

Thurston about 

cloathing for the 

soldiers. 



Mr. Poop's petition 

about the boom and 

being taken prisoner 

by the French. 

Copy of memorial 
he'l present to Com- 
mittee of House of 
Commons. 

Draught of repre- 
sentation relating to 
Newfoundland. 

New England. 
Connecticut. 

Memorial from Sir 

H. Ashhurst for copies 

of papers relating to 

the Mohegan Indians. 



January 28. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from Lieutenant Moody, in answer to a letter writ 
him the 25th instant [fo. 185] relating to the state of the forts at 
St. John's in Newfoundland, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston [fo. 185], signifying that by reason 
of the demands out of the off-reck'nings for several things 
Captain Lloyd took over with him, he was not able to procure a 
cloathing for the soldiers at Newfoundland this year, notwith- 
standing the great want they were in of the same, was read. 

Mr. Roop attending [fo. 185], presented to their lordships a 
petition relating to his having fixed the boom at the entrance of the 
harbour at St. John's at Newfoundland, and to his having been 
taken a prisoner and carryed to Placentia ; which their lordships 
resolved to take into consideration on the first opportunity. He 
further communicated to their lordships the copy of a memorial 
he intends to present to the Committee of the House of Commons 
relating to Newfoundland. 

Their lordships then took into consideration the draught of a 
representation relating to Newfoundland [fo. 185, 198], and made 
some progress therein. 

A memorial from Sir Henry Ashhurst [fo. 183, 196], praying for 
copies of the report of the Commissioners appointed to hear the 
complaints of the Mohegan Indians, was read, and copies ordered 
to be given him accordingly. 



K. 187-190.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



213 



An Order of a Committee of the House of Lords of the 25th instant, 
requiring this Board to lay before them several papers relating to 
the complaints against Sir BeviHe Granville, Governor of Barbados 
[fo. 28, &c], was read, and directions given [fo. 188] for preparing 
an answer thereunto. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to the Clerk of the Councill in 
waiting [Jo. 188] to desire a particular of the Councill days from the 
2nd of March, 170£, to the 20th of July following. 

January 29. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir William Gore, with several members of the Hambourgh 
Company, attending [Jo. 174], presented to their lordships a memorial 
containing an account of their trade as it is at present managed, 
which was read ; and they being asked for an answer to a letter writ 
them the 22nd instant [Jo. 174], desiring a full account and particular 
instances, and the places such abuses do happen [in], and by whom 
committed [Trade thro' Germany, Jo. 275], they said they were not 
willing to enter into those particulars, because if by their inter- 
position these hardships should be taken off, the advantage would 
be to the Dutch and other foreigners who at present cheiny carry on 
that trade. 

A report, in answer to an Order of a Committee of the House of 
Lords [fo. 187, 189] of the 25th instant, was agreed and ordered 
to be transcribed. 

An account of the general Councill days from the 1st of March, 
170f, to the 20th of July following, being now received from the 
Clerk of the Councill in waiting [fo. 187], in pursuance of the letter 
writ him yesterday, was read. 

January 31. Present : — -Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 

Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 
A report, in answer to the Order of the Lords' Committees of 
the House of Lords of the 25th instant [fo. 188, 200], relating to the 
complaints against Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, was 
signed and sent to their lordships with the books and papers therein 
referr'd to. 

An Order from a Committee of the House of Commons appointed 
to consider the trade to Newfoundland, dated the 28th instant, 
requiring this Board to lay this morning before the said Committee 
several papers relating to Newfoundland [fo. 224], which papers 
were immediatly look'd out and sent accordingly, with a list of 
them, a copy of which list is as follows : — 

Mark'd. 
A Relation of the most material occurrences and 
transactions at St. John's and parts adjacent in 
Newfoundland during the administration of 

Lt. John Moody &c No. 1. [H. 10.] 

Memorial from Lieutenant Moody, in answer to a letter 
writ him the 25th January, 170J, relating to the state 
of the forts at St. John's in Newfoundland. No. 2. [H. 20.] 



1705-6. 
Barbados. 

Order of Committee 
of Lords for papers 
relating to complaints 
against the Governor. 

Letter to Clerk of the 

Councill for account 

of particular Councill 

days. 



Trade. 

Memorial from 
Hambourgh Company 
about state of their 
trade. 



Barbados. 

Report to House of 

Lords on complaints 

arjainst Sir B. 

Granville. 

Account of general 

Councill days. 



Barbados. 
Report in answer to 
Order of Committee 
of Lords about com- 
plaints against the 

Governor. 

Newfoundland. 

Order of Committee 

of Commons for 

several papers. 



Moody. 



214 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 190-192. 



1705-6. 



Campbell. 



Merchants memorial. 



Neu'lfoutidlarid]. 



Lloyd. 



Mark'd. 
Letter from Mr. Moody with affidavits from the A.B. 
soldiers at Portsmouth . . . . . . . . [H. 18.] 



A memorial from Mr. Colin Campbell relating to the 
attempts made by the French in Newfoundland . . 

Letter from Mr. James Campbell of the 18th October, 
1705, relating to the continued incursions of the 
French in Newfoundland &c. . . . . . . G 



G. 30. 



52. 



Paper from Mr. William Cary relating to the trade 
and fishery in Newfoundland 

Copy of proposals of the Newfoundland merchants . . 

Petition of several merchants &c, praying for a 
speedy reinforcement of men, arms and ammunition 
sufficient to defend the fortifyed places in New- 
foundland, to suppress the enemy ; with an affidavit 
of Colin Campbell relating thereunto 

Letter from Sir Wilham Phippard, Mayor of Pool, in 
answer to one writ him the 5th July, 1705, upon a 
memorial of the Newfoundland merchants 

With a proposal inclosed from the town of Pool . . 

Memorial of the Mayor and merchants of Biddiford, 
in answer to a letter writ them the 5th July, 1705, 
inclosing a memorial about the affairs of Newfound- 
land 

Memorial from the Mayor and merchants of Bristoll, 
in answer to a letter writ them the 5th July, 1705, 
inclosing a memorial about the affairs of Newfound- 
land 

Memorial from the Mayor and merchants of Barnstable, 
in answer to a letter writ them the 5th July, 1705, 
inclosing a memorial about the affairs of Newfound- 
land 

Memorial from the Mayor &c. of Exeter in answer to 
a letter writ them the 5th July, 1705, enclosing a 
memorial about the affairs of Newfoundland 

Memorial &c. from the Mayor &c. of Weymouth, in 
answer to a letter writ them the 5th July, 1705, 
inclosing a memorial about the affairs of Newfound- 
land 



G. 7. 
G. 90. 



G. 31. 



G. 38. 
G. 36. 



G. 44. 

G. 45. 

"G. 46. 
G. 48. 

G. 51. 



Petition of John Adams, setting forth the cruel usage 
he has received from Captain Lloyd, Commander 
of St. John's, praying a consideration, he being 
rendered incapable of doing any business for the 
future 

Deposition of several of the inhabitants of Newfound- 
land relating to the cruel usage John Adams received 
from Captain Lloyd 

Certificate of the two surgeons who dress 'd John 
Adams of the wounds he received in his head by 
the beating of him by Captain Lloyd 



F. 35. 
F. 36. 
F. 38. 



K. 192-195.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



215 



Certificate of Thomas Adams and others relating 

to the ill usage John Adams has received from 

Captain Lloyd 
Certificate from Captain Bridge, late Commadore of 

the Newfoundland convoy, in favour of Captain Lloyd 

against the complaints of John Adams 
Letter from Mr. Roop to the Board relating to the 

state of the forts &c. in Newfoundland 
Deposition of Mr. John Roop relating to Captain Lloyd's 

refusing to let his men assist the said Roop in fixing 

the boom at St. John's Harbour 
Petition of the inhabitants of Newfoundland against 

Captain Lloyd . . . . . . . . 

Deposition of John Marshall relating to Captain Lloyd's 

threatning to kill him, upon his refusing to sign 

a paper in favour of the said Lloyd 
Copy of a paper drawn by Captain Lloyd, to be signed 

by the company at Newfoundland in his behalf, 

with certificates of non-commission 'd officers 

relating thereunto 
Answer of Captain Lloyd to the complaints against 

him, with 15 papers therein referr'd to &c. 
Declaration of the chief inhabitants of St. John's 

Harbour, setting forth the behaviour and practices 

of Captain Lloyd whilst Commander of the garrison 

in Newfoundland 
Memorial from Mr. Jackson, late minister of St. John's 

in Newfoundland, containing an account of the 

present state of that place . . 



Mark'd, 


F. 


37. 


F. 


45. 


F. 


46. 


F. 


47. 


F. 


48. 



1705-6. 



F. 49. 

F. 50. 

F. 52. 

G. 5. 

No. 3. 
[H. 13.] 

Philip 



February 1. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Clayton and Mr. Johnson presented to the Board a 
letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 29th of the last month, 
referring to their lordships the petition of the merchants and owners 
of ships trading from London and the out ports to Virginia and 
Maryland, praying that the Governors of those Colonies may have 
directions not to lay an embargo or put any stops to such merchant- 
ships as shall be left behind, and cannot be ready to saile from 
thence with the convoy that is appointed for the fleet which is to 
come away in June next, but that the said ships may have free 
leave to clear and sail from thence as they can get ready, was read ; 
and several questions being asked these gentlemen thereupon, they 
said that by reason of their ships coming home so late they could 
not be time enough discharged so as to be sent to Virginia and 
Maryland to come away with the convoy now going thither ; that 
the convoy were injoined to return from Virginia and Maryland 
by the 10th of June next at furthest, so that there will be at least 
40 ships remaining in the rivers of Virginia and Maryland, which 
if they are not permitted to come away without convoy they will 
be all worm eaten and the voyage overthrown ; whereupon their 
lordships drew up a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges with their 



Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

on merchants' petition 

prayiyig their ships 

may not be detained 

by imbargos there. 



216 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 195-198. 



1705-6. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges thereupon. 



Rhode Island. 
Connecticut. 

Wharton with 
Governor and Com- 
pany's answer to 
complaints. 

Sir H. Ashhurst. 



Major Palms in 
behalf of Oweneco. 



Newfoundland. 

Mr. Jackson to give 
an account of forti- 
fications, &c. 



opinion that, if her Majesty shall not be pleased to allow a convoy 
to bring away the 40 ships, they may be permitted to clear 
and saile from thence as they may get ready after the departure of 
the convoy. 

Mr. Wharton attending, presented to the Board an answer from 
the Governor and Company of Rhode Island to the charge exhibited 
against them [fo. 183, 222], and Mr. Wharton desiring to have 
copies of the proofs sent over by Colonel Dudley, and Sir Henry 
Ashhurst attending at the same time [fo. 180, 222], and desiring the 
same thing, they were acquainted that, when there was a full Board, 
they should have an answer thereunto. 

Major Palms attending [fo. 183, 339], acquainted their lordships 
that Mr. Mason, agent for Oweneco, Sachem of the Mohegan Indians, 
had desired him upon his coming away to solicite the determination 
upon their affair. 

Mr. Jackson, late minister of Newfoundland, attending [fo. 171], 
he was desired to give their lordships an account in writing of 
what he was able of the fortifications, and of anything else he knew 
relating to the fishery, of which he had not informed their lordships 
of (sic). 



Plantations General. 

Letters to Governors. 



Circular Letter. 

Bridger. 
Naval Stores. 



Bermuda. 

Reference from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about complaints 

against Jones. 



Letter from Col. 

Bennet to the Board, 

and papers therewith 

received from Mr. 

Nodin. 



February 4. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 

Mr. Prior. 
The several letters to the Governors of New Yorke, New Jersey, 
Massachusets Bay, New Hampshire, Virginia and Maryland, were 
signed. 

The circular letters to her Majesty's Governors on the Continent of 
America [fo. 146, 335], directing them to transmit hither from 
time to time accounts of Mr. Bridger's proceedings in relation to 
navall stores, were likewise signed. 

A reference from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 23rd «of November 
last [Jo. 198] upon the petition of the General Assembly of Bermuda 
to her Majesty against Mr. Jones, secretary and provost marshall 
of the said island, was read ; and the papers therewith received 
from Mr. Nodin were laid before the Board, which were also read 
and are as follows : 

Letter from Colonel Bennet to the Board, with papers relating 
to Mr. Jones &c, dated the 1st of Aprill, 1705, was read, 
and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, 
and are as follows : 
Petition of the General Assembly of Bermuda to the Board 
against Mr. Jones, provost marshall &c, of that island, 
praying that he may be removed from his imployments 
there. 
Address of the Assembly of Bermuda to the Governor and 
Councill, praying that copies of all papers relating to their 
complaints and proceedings against Mr. Jones, the provost 
marshal of that island, may be transmitted to England, 
in order to their justification &c. 
Mr. Jones, provost marshall of Bermuda's conij:>laints against 
Colonel Bennet, with Colonel Bennet's answer thereto. 



K. 198-200.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



217 



1705-6. 



Copy of an address of the Assembly to Colonel Bennet, con- 
taining heads of complaints against Mr. Jones, provost 
marshall &c. of Bermuda. — also of 27 depositions proving 
each article of the said complaints. — Jones's suspension 
thereon. — Indictments and sentences against the said Jones 
at a Court of Assize in 1701. 
Then their lordships gave directions that the copy of the said 
Jones's patent for secretary of that island, as likewise the letters 
already writ to him and Colonel Bennet relating to the difference 
between them [fo. 197, 199], be look'd out and laid before the Board 
on Thursday next, when they will take the same into consideration. 
And ordered that Mr. Nodin be directed to attend at the same 
time. 

Their lordships took into consideration the report relating to 
Newfoundland [fo. 187, 203] (mention'd hi the minutes of the 28th 
of the last month), and made some progress therein. 



Papers to be look'd 

out and Mr. Nodin 

t-o attend. 



Newfoundland. 

Report. 



February 7. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A packet from Virginia being brought to the Board, the same 
was opened before three of the Commissioners, as directed in the 
minutes of the 24th of the last month, and was found to contain 
two letters from Colonel Nott, both dated the 24th of December 
last, with the papers and minutes of Councill therein referr'd to, 
as also a letter from Mr. Jennings, secretary of Virginia, of the 
18th of December last ; and thereupon ordered that the said letters 
be minuted, and a list thereof made to be laid before the Board at 
the first opportunity. 

The secretary acquainted their lordships that he had received 
a box of letters and papers from the Lord Cornbury, which were 
minuting, in order to be laid before the Board. 

Mr. Nodin attending, and being asked what he knew concerning 
Mr. Jones's behaviour [fo. 198, 203], he acquainted their lordships 
that the said Jones had, since his return to Bermuda, been far more 
insolent to Colonel Bennet than before, and that he the said Jones 
had publickly declared he did not doubt of being protected by 
the interest of his friends in England. Mr. Nodin added that 
Dr. Lane (who had a design to appear in favour of Jones) [fo. 203], 
when he heard from Serjeant Bennet what a character the said 
Jones had in the island, he declared he was sorry to hear it, and 
would therefore give himself no further trouble about him : where- 
upon their lordships resolved to take again into consideration 
the letters and papers transmitted from the Governor, Councill and 
Assembly, as well as those from Jones to this Board, relating to 
the complaints on both sides, and report the same to her 
Majesty. 

An order from the Lords Committees of the House of Lords 
of the 4th instant [fo. 189] relating to the complaints against 
Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, requiring several 
papers to be laid before them, was read, and directions given for 
preparing an answer thereunto [fo. 201]. 



Virginia. 

Packet received. 



The letters to be 
minuted, &c. 



New Yorke. 

Box of letters, &c, 

from the Lord 

Cornbury. 

Bermuda. 

Mr. Nodin at the 

Board, about the 

behaviour of Mr. 

Jones, secretary, 

&c, of Bermuda. 



Barbados. 

Order of Lords Com- 
mittees for several 
papers relating to 
complaints against 
the Governor. 



218 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 201-203. 



1705-6. 



Barbados. 

Answer to order of 
Lords' 1 Committees 
about complaints 

against the Governor. 

Newfoundland. 

Commodore Bridge 
about his answer 
to heads of inquiry. 



Plantations General. 

Circular letters to 
be sent by Col. Quary. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
with answer of sol- 
diers at Portsmouth 
to queries sent Sir 
John Gibson. 

Copy of queries and 

answer sent to Lieut. 

Moody to procure 

affidavits as to the 

truth of the complaints. 

Trade. 

Reference from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
upon petition of 
Geneva merchants 
about hardships sus- 
tained from the 
Imperial Court. 
Answer. 

Bermuda. 

Letter to Dr. Lane 

to attend if he have 

anything to offer in 

behalf of Jones. 



Newfoundland. 
Report. 



February 8. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The answer to an order of the Lords' Committees of the House 
of Lords of the 4th instant [Jo. 200] relating to the complaints against 
Sir Beville Granville, was signed, and at the same time transmitted 
to their lordships with the papers referr'd to therein. 

Commadore Bridge attending, acquainted their lordships [jo. 168] 
that his papers and answer to the heads of inquiry, sent him when 
he went last to Newfoundland, were lost in his return from thence 
when his ship was cast away, and therefore was unable to give 
their lordships an account of the state of the fishery and affairs 
of Newfoundland, but said, if the Board would please to let him 
have a copy of those heads of inquiry, he would draw up his answer 
thereto in writing, and at the same time promis'd to insert what 
shoud occur to his memory, and of what he had further to offer 
in relation to those parts, and lay the same before the Board with 
all convenient speed ; whereupon a copy of the said heads of 
inquiry was given him for his answer accordingly. 

Colonel Quary attending, took his leave of the Board, designing 
to return to America by the convoy now going thither ; whereupon 
ordered that the letters to the Governors on the Continent (men- 
tioned in the minutes of the 4th instant) be made up and sent to 
him for his conveyance of them to the respective Governors 
accordingly. 

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 4th instant [fo. 184, 185], 
inclosing the answer of the soldiers at Portsmouth to the several 
queries sent to Sir John Gibson, signed by the Mayor, and attested 
by a publick notary there, was read ; and thereupon ordered that 
a copy of the said queries and answer be sent to Lieutenant Moody 
[Jo. 228], and that he be desired to take the affidavits of such of 
the soldiers lately come from Newfoundland as may be in London, 
before a Master in Chancery, as to the truth of what is alleged in 
the said paper of complaints, or to anything else that they may 
know, and which relates to Captain Lloyd. 

Reference from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 29th of the last 
month, upon the petition of several merchants and factors trading 
to Geneva [fo. 289, 290], complaining of grievances which they 
meet with from the Imperial Court in that trade, and praying a 
redress thereof, was read ; and an answer thereunto to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges was drawn up and signed. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Dr. Lane [Jo. 200, 210], to acquaint 
him that their lordships having before them the papers lately 
transmitted from Bermuda relating to the differences between the 
Governor and Mr. Jones, secretary and provost marshall of that 
island, they desire to speak with him on Monday next in the morning, 
if he have anything to offer in behalf of the said Jones, and that 
he bring with him any other persons as may be concerned for 
him. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the report to her 
Majesty relating to Newfoundland [fo. 198, 213], and made a further 
progress therein. 



K. 204-206.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



219 



February 11. Present: — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Several letters and papers from the Lord Cornbury being lately 
received, were laid before the Board [/o. 268] ; and their lord- 
ships resolved to take the same into consideration the first 
opportunity. 

The list of the said letters and papers is as follows : — 

Letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, complaining 

of Mr. Byerly, Collector and Receiver General of New Yorke 

[Jo. 267], for countenancing illegal trade, for which he has 

suspended him, and put Mr. Fauconier into his room, who 

he desires may be confirmed in that imployment, dated the 

13th July, 1705. 
Certificate of the Collector of New Yorke of his having granted 

store at the request of Captain Ch dwell in the ship Catherine 

for one caske of cacoa bound to Surinam. 
Naval officers' certificate about the sloop Mary of New York's 

unlading her goods, she being leaky, untill she could refit 

and take the same goods on board again. 
Letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, dated the 20th 

November, 1705. 
Draught of a surrender from the proprietors of East and 

West New Jersey of their pretended right of government 

to King William. 
The Assembly's answer to the Councill's reasons against some 

clauses in a Bill for raising a summe for defence of the 

Province. 
The Assembly's answer to the Councill's message relating 

to the amendments to the Bill &c. for raising a summe for 

the defence of the Province. 
The Councill's reasons against some clauses in a Bill for raising 

a summe sufficient to answer the charge of Fuziliers and 

out scouts for the defence of the Province. 
The Councill's amendments to the Bill for raising a summe &c. 

for the defence of the Province. 
The Governor's speech to the Assembly relating to some 

vessells fitted out in searching a privateer — To the Acts of 

Parliament lately sent him — To raising a fund for stores — 

and to a clause of a letter from the Commissioners of Trade. 
The Governor's speech to the Assembly recommending to 

them the defence of the Province, and that they will think 

of a Bill for raising money to that end. 
The Governor's speech to the Assembly upon their delaying 

to provide for the defence of the Province, when he prorogued 

them till May, 1706. 
Minutes of the Assembly of New Yorke from the 19th September, 

1705, to the 13th of October following. 
A Bill for the raising a summe sufficient to answer the charge 

of Fuziliers and out scouts for the defence of the frontiers 

&c. 
Journal of the General Assembly from the 7th of June, 1705, 

to the 4th of August following. 



1705-6. 



New York. 

Letters and papers 
from Lord Cornbury. 



Letter relating Air. 

Byerly Collector and 

Receiver General. 



Papers therein 
referred to. 



Letter of 20th Nov. 

Papers therein 
refer'd to. 



220 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 206-209. 



1705-6. 



Connecticut. 
Rhode Island. 

Letter from, Lord 
Cornbury relating to 1705. 
the Governments of 

Connecticut and 
Rhode Island. 



An Act for continuing an Act for the laying out, regulating, 
clearing and preserving publick common highways throughout 
this Colony. 

An Act for the better explaining and more effectual putting 
in execution an Act of General Assembly, entituled an Act 
for settling a ministry and raising a maintenance for them 
in the City of New Yorke, County of Richmond, West 
Chester and Queen's County. 

An Act for defraying the common and necessary charge in 
the Mannor of Ranslaerswick in the County of Albany. 

An Act to inable William Bradford of the City of New Yorke, 
. printer, to sell and dispose of the real estate of John 
Dewdsbury, late of Oyster Bay in Queen's County within 
this Colony, deceased, for the payment of debts. 

An Act to inable the Justices of the Peace for the City and 
County of Albany to raise the summe of 100Z. for the repairing 
or rebuilding of a common gaol and city and county hall, 
over and above the summe of 4:001. they were inabled to raise 
by an Act of the General Assembly made in the 2nd year of 
her Majesty's reign, entituled An Act to inable the Justices 
of the Peace for the City and County of Albany to repair 
or to rebuild a common goal, city and county hall for the said 
city and county, and to pay the arrears of their publick 
charge. 

An Act for allowance to the burgess of the borough of West 
Chester. 

An Act for reviving and continuing an Act entituled an Act 
for regulating slaves. 

A Bill for inforcing and continuing the Act for a post office 
in this province of New Yorke for three years from the month 
of October, which was in the year 1704. 

An Act for the preservation of deer. 

An Act to prevent the running away of negro slaves out of 
the City and County of Albany to the French at Canada. 
A letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board relating to Rhode 
Island and Connecticut [jo. 180, 182, 270], dated 26th of November, 



Copies of proceedings of the General Court with affidavits 

and certificates relating to the case of Edward Palms &c. 
The deposition of Michael Hicks relating to the government 

of Rhode Island. 
Deposition of Richard Sacket relating to his suit against 

Caleb Beek in Connecticut, and to deserters harbour'd 

there &c. 
Copies of several papers under the seal of Connecticut relating 

to the case of Edward Palmes &c. 
Copy of the judgement of the General Court of Connecticut 

in the case of Major Edward Palmes &c, under the seal 

of the Colony, with several papers annexed. The complaints 

of the inhabitants of New London. 



K. 209-212.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



221 



Examinations of Edward Palmes on oath relating to the Colony 
of Connecticut's sheltering malefactors and trying murders, 
felonies &c, without lawfull authority. 
Affidavit of Mr. Auboyneau relating to his suit against Robert 

Lord, with copies of the proceedings &c. 
Deposition of Richard Sacket relating to some expressions 
of the Sheriffe of New London and others about the Charter 
of Connecticut. 
Captain Mathews's deposition relating to the protection given 

to deserters in Connecticut. 
Deposition of. Robert Orchard relating to Rhode Island. 
Acts of Connecticut printed in 1702. 
Letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, dated the 27th of 
November, 1705 [Jo. 272]. 

Minutes of Assembly from the 15th of October, 1705, to the 
8th November following. 
Mr. Corbin presented to their lordships a memorial in the name 
of Colonel Jennings, secretary of Virginia, relating to his putting 
in clerks into the several County Courts, which was read, and their 
lordships resolved [fo. 211] to take the same into consideration 
to-morrow morning. 

Ordered that Mr. Bradshaw have notice to attend the Board 
on Wednesday morning next [fo. 203, 214], in case he have anything 
to offer in relation to Mr. Jones, secretary and provost marshall 
of Bermuda. 



1705-6. 



New Jersey. 

Letter from Lord 
Cornbury. 

Minutes of Assembly. 

Virginia. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Corbin in behalf of 
Col. Jennings about 
his putting clerks 
into County Courts. 

Bermuda. 

Bradshaw to attend 
about Jones. 



February 12. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships, taking again into consideration Mr. Corbin's 
memorial in behalf of Colonel Jennings [Jo. 210, 216], which was 
read yesterday, part of the minutes of the Councill of Virginia of the 
27th November last upon the same subject were read ; and there- 
upon ordered that Colonel Blakiston be desired to attend their 
lordships to-morrow morning [fo. 213]. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 7th instant, upon a repre- 
sentation of this Board of the 10th of the last month [fo. 165], 
relating to the misfeasances of the Proprietary and Charter Govern- 
ments &c, directing that the said representation be sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges for her Majesty's further pleasure therein, 
was read. 

An Order of Councill of the 20th of December last [fo. 214], 
referring to this Board the petition of Thomas Newton, relating 
to his being kept out of possession of Hogg Island by the inhabitants 
of Rhode Island, and praying for a tryal in the next adjacent 
province, was read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 18th of the last month 
[fo. 147 ; N. fo. 171] upon the petition and appeal of Mr. Lillington, 
late member of the Councill of Barbados, praying to be relieved 
against several irregular proceedings of a Court of Oyer and 
Terminer there against him, and that the 2,000Z. fine may be 
restored to him, and also directing the Governor to send his answer 



Virginia. 

Mr. Corbin's memo- 
rial under con- 
sideration. 

Col. Blakiston to 
attend thereupon. 

Proprieties. 

Copy of Order of 
Councill on repre- 
sentation about mis- 
feasances of Propriety 
Governments. 



Rhode Island. 

Order of Councill on 

petition of Thomas 

Newton relating to 

Hogg Island. 

Barbados. 

Copy of Order of 
Councill upon peti- 
tion and appeal of 
Mr. Lillington. 



222 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 212-214. 



1705-6. 



Copy of Order of 
Councill for repay- 
ment of the said 
Lillington's fine of 
2,0001. 

New York. 

Letter from Mr. 
Lowndes inclosing 
one from Mr. Caleb 

Heathcote to the 

Lord Treasurer about 

Naval stores. 

Letter from Mr. 

Lowndes for the 
Board's opinion on 
Mr. Byerly's petition. 



Newfoundland. 

Two memorials from 

Mr. Roop relating 

to the soldiers and 

the government of that 

place in winter. 

Draught of Report. 



Virginia. 

Col. Blakiston at the 

Board about Mr. 

Corbin's memorial 

in behalf of Col. 

Jennings. 



Letter to Mr. Corbin 
for copy of Col. 

Jennings's commission 

to be secretary of 

Virginia. 

Bermuda. 

Mr. Bradshaw in 
behalf of Jones. 



Rhode Island. 

Order of Council on 

petition of Mr. 
Newton about Hogg 
Island further con- 
sidered. 



to the said petition and appeal &c. to her Majesty for her final 
determination thereon &c., was read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 18th of the last month, 
upon the petition of the said Mr. Lillington [fo. 147], directing 
that the fine of 2,000Z. lately imposed on him there by a Court of 
Oyer and Terminer be repayed him, to remain in his hands till her 
Majesty's determination upon his appeal, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Lowndes to the secretary, dated the 4th instant 
[fo. 216], inclosing a letter from Mr. Caleb Heathcote of New Yorke 
to the Lord High Treasurer, relating to naval stores, was read. 



A letter from Mr. Lowndes to the secretary, dated the 8th instant 
[fo. 216], signifying my Lord High Treasurer's desire to have the 
Board's opinion upon a petition of Mr. Byerly, collector and receiver 
of New Yorke, to his lordship, relating to her Majesty's thirds of 
seizures at New Yorke, was read. 

Two memorials from Mr. Roop relating to the soldiers that 
went last to Newfoundland, giving his opinion that 30 men may 
be sent over yearly thither to fill up vacancies that may happen 
by death or sickness, and relating also to the governing of that 
place in winter, were read. 

Then their lordships took again into consideration the draught 
of a report relating to Newfoundland [fo. 203, 215], and made 
a further progress therein. 

February 13. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Blakiston attending, according to order [fo. 211, 216], 
the memorial of Mr. Corbin in behalf of Colonel Jennings was 
communicated to him, and part of the minutes of the Councill of 
Virginia of 27th November last upon that subject were again read ; 
whereupon he acquainted their lordships that he had no instructions 
in this affair. 

Ordered that the secretary write to Mr. Corbin, to desire him to 
procure a copy of Colonel Jennings's commission for secretary of 
Virginia. 

Mr. Bradshaw attending [fo. 210], and being asked if he had 
anything to offer in behalf of Mr. Jones, secretary and provost 
marshall of Bermuda, against whom the Lieutenant Governor had 
transmitted fresh complaints, he answered that he was ready to 
reply to such complaints as their lordships should please to com- 
municate to him ; whereupon ordered that the Bermuda papers 
be laid before the Board [fo. 219], that copies or extracts of com- 
plaints therein against Mr. Jones, since his last arrival in Bermuda, 
may be made and delivered to Mr. Bradshaw for his answer. 

The Order of Councill of the 20th of December last [fo. 211], 
upon the petition of Thomas Newton relating to Hogg Island, and 
mentioned in 3 r esterday's minutes, being now taken into further 
consideration, their lordships agreed to advise such as shall appear 
in the petitioner's behalf the first time they shall come to the Board, 



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223 



that not knowing of any neighbouring colony to Rhode Island 
that is likely to be impartial, it will be proper for the petitioner to 
sue for a tryall in Rhode Island, and that, in case he be not satisfied 
with the judgment given thereupon, he do appeal to her Majesty in 
Councill, or upon refusal of such tryall to make complaint thereof 
to her Majesty, and bring good proof of such denyal. 

Then their lordships proceeding in the Newfoundland report 
[fo. 213, vide infra], made a further progress therein, and resolved 
to write to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 227] relating to the Commission 
to be given this year to the Commodore of the Newfoundland 
convoy and to arms to be distributed among the inhabitants 
there. 

Mr. Blathwayt communicated to the Board the copy of the 
Duke of Anjou's declaration [fo. 85] relating to trade in Spain by 
neutral ships. 

Ordered that Mr. Bridger have notice to attend their lordships 
to-morrow morning [fo. 216]. 

February 14. Present: — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation relating to Newfoundland [vide supra, and 
fo. 222, 228], as mention 'd in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

Their lordships took into consideration the letter from Mr. Caleb 
Heathcote to the Lord Treasurer [fo. 212], relating to the production 
of naval stores at New Yorke, referr'd to this Board in a letter 
from Mr. Lowndes, and mentioned in the minutes of the 12th instant 
[fo. 215], and Mr. Bridger attending at the same time, a copy of 
the said letter was communicated to him ; whereupon he promised 
[fo. 217] to bring their lordships in writing on Monday next his 
observations thereupon. 

Upon consideration of Mr. Byerly's petition [fo. 212, 218], 
referr'd to this Board by Mr. Lowndes's letter of the 8th instant, 
and mentioned also in the minutes of the 12th ; Ordered that 
Mr. Byerly have notice to attend their lordships on Monday next. 

Mr. Corbin attending, presented to their lordships [fo. 211, 213] 
the copy of Mr. Jennings's patent to be secretary of Virginia, 
which was read, and Mr. Corbin thereupon directed to attend again 
on Monday morning next [fo. 217], and further ordered that 
Colonel Nicholson have notice to attend at the same time. 



1705-6. 



Newfoundland. 
Report. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about com- 
mission for Commodore. 



Trade. 

Copy of Duke of 

Anjous declaration 

about trade by neutral 

ships. 

New York. 

Mr. Bridger to 
attend. 



Newfoundland. 

Report. 

New York. 

Letter from Mr. 

Heathcote about 

naval stores. 



Copy thereof delivered 

Mr. Bridger for his 

observations. 

Mr. Byerly to attend 

in relation to his 

petition. 



Virginia. 

Mr. Corbin with copy 

of Col. Jennings's 

patent for secretary 

of Virginia. 



February 18. Present: — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Corbin attending [fo. 216], acquainted their lordships that 
Colonel Nicholson being sick, he could not attend the Board about 
the business of Colonel Jennings as directed ; and therefore he 
prayed their lordships to proceed upon the memorial concerning 
Mr. Jennings, presented to the Board the 11th instant ; whereupon 
their lordships agreed to write to Colonel Nott, that it was their 
opinion that the nomination of all the clarks of the County Courts 
of Virginia was in the Secretary only, and that the Councill there 
ought not to intermeddle therein except in cases of misdemeanors. 



Virginia. 

Mr. Corbin about his 

memorial concerning 

Col. Jennings. 



Letter to be writ to 

Col. Nott on that 

subject. 



224 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 217-220. 



1705-6. 
New Yorke. 

Mr. Bridger's obser- 
vations on Mr. Caleb 

Heathcote's letter 
about naval stores. 

New England. 

Wool cards exporting 
thither. 



New Yorke. 

Mr. Byerly about his 
petition. 



Letter to Mr. 
Lowndes with opinion 
of the Board there- 
upon. 



Mr. Bridger attending [Jo. 216], presented to their lordships 
his observations upon Mr. Caleb Heathcote's letter relating to 
naval stores, mentioned in the minutes of the last meeting, which 
was read, and their lordships resolved [fo. 220] to take the same 
into consideration to-morrow morning. Mr. Bridger then 
acquainted their lordships that there were great quantities of wooll 
cards and other materials for manufacturing of wooll getting ready 
to be sent to New England [fo 262], and promised in a little time 
to give their lordships a further account thereof in writing. 

Mi. Byerly attending [fo. 216], and his petition to the Lord 
Treasurer, mentioned in the minutes of the last meeting, being 
read, several questions were asked him thereupon ; he said that 
the charges in prosecutions upon seizures were very great, which 
formerly used to be defrayed out of the produce of the whole 
seizures before any division made thereof, but that the Lord Cornbury 
had lately made an Order in Councill that the said charges should 
be paid out of her Majesty's thirds of the said seizures ; where- 
upon ordered [fo. 220] that the secretary write to Mr. Lowndes, 
offering the opinion of this Board that there ought to be no more 
than one-third of the charges deducted out of her Majesty's third 
of the produce of seizures, and that the remainder of the charges 
ought to be born proportionably by the other parties concerned. 



Proprieties. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about draught of a 

Bill for uniting the 

Charter Governments 

to the Crown. 

Answer. 

Bermuda. 

Copy of heads of 

complaints against 

Jones given Mr. 

Bradshaw for answer. 



February 19. Present : — Mr Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr Pollexfen, Mr Prior. 

A letter from Mr Secretary Hedges, dated yesterday, inclosing 
the draught of a Bill relating to the Proprietary and Charter Govern- 
ments in America, for such alterations and observations there- 
upon as their lordships shall think proper, was read ; whereupon 
their lordships took the said draught of a Bill into consideration, 
and signed a letter returning the same to Mr Secretary with some 
alterations accordingly. 

Several heads of complaints against Mr. Jones, secretary and 
provost marshall of Bermuda [fo. 214, 227], having been collected 
according to the minutes of the 13th instant, were laid before 
the Board, and a copy thereof ordered to be delivered to 
Mr. Bradshaw, who appears in behalf of the said Jones, for bis 
answer thereunto. 



New York. 

Answer to Mr. 

Lowndes' letter upon 

Mr. Byerly 's petition 

to be prepared. 

As likewise to that 
upon Mr. Caleb 
Heathcote's letter 

about production of 
naval stores. 



February 20. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Lowndes's letter with Mr. Byerly's petition relating to her 
Majesty's thirds of seizures in New Yorke (mentioned in the minutes 
of the 14th instant) being again read [fo. 218], their lordships gave 
directions to the secretary for answering the same. 

Another letter from Mr. Lowndes [fo. 217], with one enclosed 
from Mr. Caleb Heathcote of New Yorke to the Lord Treasurer, 
relating to the producing naval stores in that province (mentioned 
also in the minutes of the 12th instant), being again read, their 
lordships gave directions [fo. 224] for preparing an answer there- 
unto. 



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225 



Mr. Robert Burridge (a member of Parliament) attending, 
presented to the Board a memorial from several merchants of 
Exeter and parts adjacent, complaining that the Emperor did, 
three or four years ago, prohibit the importing into Austria and 
the country Inn any perpetuanas or serges, and that he is now 
going to prohibit also the importation of other whites and mixt 
serges into those parts, and praying their lordships' consideration 
thereof, that such measures may be taken as may be proper for 
redressing the said gievance (sic), wasread ; whereupon theirlordships 
agreed to pray Mr. Secretary Harley to move her Majesty \fo. 224, 
289, 290] that a copy thereof be sent to Mr. Stepney at Vienna, 
with orders to make application to the Imperial Court for redress 
of that grievance, as also another copy to the Emperor's Envoy 
Extraordinary and Commissary of Commerce, desiring their inter- 
position with the Emperor that the said prohibition may be revoked, 
and that no such restraint be put upon the English manufactures 
and the trade of this kingdom. 

The secretary laid before the Board his account of petty expences 
amounting to 18Z. 10s. 9d. 

The Stationer's bill amounting to 181. 16s. Od. 

The Post officer's bill amounting to 111. Is. Id. 
being all for one quarter of a year from Michaelmas, 1705, to 
Christmas following, amounting in the whole to one hundred and 
eighty pounds seven shillings and ten pence ; whereupon a letter 
to the Lord High Treasurer, desiring his lordship's directions for 
payment of the said accounts, was signed. 

February 21. Present : — Mr. Cecil!, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A representation for inforcing the execution of a clause in the 
Act of Parliament past in 1 699 for incouraging the trade to 
Newfoundland, directing the fishing admirals to keep journals of 
all transactions relating to the fishery, and to transmit the same 
to her Majesty's Privy Councill, was drawn up and signed. 

Copy of the address of the House of Commons to her Majesty, 
relating to the trade and fishery of Newfoundland, was read. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst attending, presented to the Board a memorial 
praying for copies of some papers sent from Colonel Dudley relating 
to Connecticut \fo. 180. 196, 223], which was read, and theirlordships 
promised to give him an answer thereto to-morrow morning. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Wharton [fo. 195, 224], to 
attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

February 22. Present :— Mr. CeciU, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

The memorial from Sir Henry Ashhurst [fo. 222. 226], mentioned 
in the last minutes, was again read, whereupon their lordships 
agreed to desire Sir Henry Ashhurst, the first time he shall come 
to the office, to shew their lordships the powers he has to act as 
agent of the colony of Connecticut. And their lordships further 
agree to demand the same thing of all persons that shall appear 
as agents for any of the Plantations. 

Wt. 16557. P 



1705-6. 
Trade. 

Mr. Burridge with a 
memorial from mer- 
chants of Exeter about 
the Emperor's pro- 
hibition of serges, 
&e. 



Miscellanies. 

Accounts of petty 
expences. 



Letter to Lord 
Treasurer therewith. 



Newfoundland. 

Representation about 

fishing admirals' 

sending home 

journals, &c. 

Commons' address to 
her Majesty. 

New England. 

Connecticut. 

Sir H. Ashhurst for 

copies of papers. 

Rhode Island. 

Mr. Wharton to 
attend. 



New England. 

Connecticut. 

Sir H. Ashhurst' s 

memorial. 



226 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 223-226. 



1705-6. 

Trade. 

Virginia. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 
referring a memorial 

from Col. Quary 
about tobacco trade. 

Merchants to attend. 

Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Harley with copy of 

Mr. Burridge s 

'memorial about the 

Emperor 's prohibiting 

serges, &c, in Austria. 

New York. 

Letter to Mr. 

Lowndes in answer to 

his about Mr. 

Heathcote 's proposal 

about naval stores. 

Connecticut. 

Copy of proceedings 

of Commissioners 

about Mohegan 

Indians given to Mr. 

Wharton. 



Newfoundland. 

Papers received from 
the House of Commons. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Merchants about Col. 
Quary's memorial 
about tobacco trade. 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of this date, referring to the 
Board a memorial from Colonel Quary to the Lord High Treasurer, 
relating to the present state of the tobacco plantations and the 
ill management of that trade, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
that Major Yates, of Bristoll, Mr. Clayton and Mr. Johnson, of 
Leverpoole, Mr. Perry, Mr. Haistwell, Mr. Corbin, Mr. Hyde and 
other Virginia merchants, be desired to attend the Board on Monday 
morning next [fo. 225]. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley inclosing to him a copy of a 
memorial presented to their lordships by Mr. Burridge [fo. 22], 289, 
290], relating to the Emperor's prohibition of our perpetuanas 
and serges in Austria and the country of Enn, as directed in the 
minutes of the 20th instant, was signed. 

A letter from the secretary to Mr. Lowndes in answer to his of 
the 4th instant [fo. 220], relating to Mr. Caleb Heathcote's proposal 
of providing certain quantities of naval stores at New Yorke, was 
agreed and ordered to be sent. 

Mr. Wharton attending [fo. 222], and desiring he might have 
a copy of the proceedings of the Commissioners appointed by her 
Majesty to make inquiry into the complaints of the Mohegan 
Indians against the government of Connecticut ; ordered that a 
copy be given him accordingly. 

February 25. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 

Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
The secretary acquainted their lordships that he had received 
back from the Clerks of the House of Commons the papers which 
were sent to the Committee for Newfoundland the 31st of the 
last month [fo. 190], in pursuance of the order of that House of the 
21st instant, together with four other papers which had been 
presented to the said Committee, which papers are as follows, 
vizt. : 

The representation of several of the soldiers lately returned 

from Newfoundland against Captain Lloyd. 
Mr. Jackson the minister's representation of the state of the 
garrison, the state of the trade, and the abuses committed 
therein 
Mr. Cummings's remarks concerning Newfoundland. 
Mr. Roop's proposal for security of Newfoundland during the 
winter season. 
And thereupon ordered that the secretary of this Board give the 
said clerks a receipt for the said papers, as also a gratuity of three 
guineas for their trouble. 

Mr. Clayton, Mr. Johnson, members of Parliament for Liverpool, 
Colonel Nicholson, Mr. Perry, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Haistwell, Mr. Millner, 
and several other Virginia merchants attending [Jo. 223], the 
memorial of Colonel Quary referr'd to this Board by Mr. Secretary 
Hedges's letter of the 22nd instant, and mentioned in the minutes 
of the last meeting, was read ; and these gentlemen not agreeing 
amongst themselves about the time for the convo3 r 's departure 
for Virginia and Maryland, nor whether one or two convoys a year 



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227 



should be appointed for that service : Ordered that an extract 
of the said memorial be sent to Mr. Clayton and Mr. Johnson, to 
be communicated to the town of Leverpoole [fo. 283] ; the like 
extract to Colonel Yates, to be communicated to the city of Bristol! 
[fo. 282] ; the like to Mr. Isaac Milhier, to be communicated to the 
town of Whitehaven [fo. 260] ; and the like to Colonel Blakiston, 
to be communicated to all the Virginia and Maryland merchants 
here in town [fo. 231], for their proposalls thereupon. 

Mr. Clayton then presented to their lordships a petition to her 
Majesty from several merchants, planters and manufacturers of 
tobacco, relating to the manufacturing of tobacco in the dominions 
of the Czar of Muscovy [I./o. 410], with a reference from Mr. Secretary 
Harley thereupon, dated the 22nd instant, which was read, and a 
copy thereof ordered to be sent to Mr. Haistwell and persons con- 
cerned in the trade to Muscovy [fo. 237], for their answer thereunto. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst attending [fo. 223], an abstract of paragraph R 
of Colonel Dudley's letter of the 25th of July last, relating to the 
colony of Connecticut's not furnishing their quota of assistance 
to the Massachusets Bay, was delivered to him. 

Mr. Nodin attending [fo. 219], and desiring their lordships' 
dispatch upon the complaints exhibited against Mr. Jones, secretary 
and provost marshal! of Bermuda, ordered that a letter be writ 
to Mr. Bradshaw [fo. 235] to hasten his answer to the heads of com- 
plaints against the said Jones delivered to him the 19th instant. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 215], relating to the Com- 
madore of the Newfoundland convoy's commanding at land during 
his stay in those parts, and relating to arms to be sent thither, was 
signed. 

February 26. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. James Campbell presented to their lordships a memorial 
containing reasons why the agent for prizes at Newfoundland 
ought not to be debarr'd from trading, which was read ; where- 
upon Mr. Campbell was acquainted that the Board having already 
given their opinion that the said agent ought to be restrained 
[fo. 215], and her Majesty having approved thereof [vide infra], 
they did not think fit to make any alteration therein. 

The copies of four Orders of Councill of the 14th instant [fo. 215], 
upon a representation of the same date, relating to Newfoundland, 
approving the same and giving directions accordingly, were read. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 7th instant [fo. 172] upon 
a representation of the 17th of the last month upon the laws of 
Pennsylvania, repealing several of the said laws according to the 
said representation, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Burchet, signifying that the convoys for the 
New England mast ships will sail from Spithead about three weeks 
or a month hence, was read. 

A petition from Mr. Jackson, late minister at Newfoundland, 
desiring to be heard upon the complaints that had been made to 
this Board against him, was read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 230] 
that all the papers in this office relating to the said Mr. Jackson 
be look'd out and laid before the Board. 



1705-6. 

Several extracts of the. 
said memorial to be 
made for the obser- 
vations of the mer- 
cliants of Leverpoole, 
B[r]istol, &c. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Reference from Mr. 

Secretary Harley 

upon petition of 

merchants, &c, about 

manufacturing 

tobacco Muscovy. 

Connecticut. 

Extract of Letter 

from Col. Dudley 

delivered to Sir H. 

Ashhurst. 

Bermuda. 

Mr. Nodin about com- 
plaints against Jones. 

Letter to Mr. 
Bradshaw to hasten 
his answer. 
Newfoundland. 
Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about Commo- 
dore's commanding 
at land. 



Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 

James Campbell 

about the agent for 

prizes being debarr'd 

from trading. 

Answer. 



Copies of four orders 

on representation 

relating to 

Newfoundland. 

Pennsylvania. 

Copy of an Order of 

Council repealing 

several laxvs. 

New England. 

Letter from Mr. 
Burchet about con- 
voys for mast ships. 
Newfoundland. 
Petition of Mr. 
Jackson, late minister, 
to be heard upon 
complaints against 
him. 



228 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 228-231. 



1 705-6. 

Affidavit of soldiers 
against Capt. Lloyd. 

Copy thereof and 

other complaints to 

be sent Mr. Secretary 

Hedges. 



Virginia. 

Letter from Col. 

Nott. 

Extract sent to Col. 

Nicholson. 



Publick papers, &c. 



Leeward Islands. 

Col. Park about 
stores of war. 



Letter to the 
Board of Ordnance. 



Newfoundland. 

Papers of complaint 
against Mr. Jackson 
sent for his answer. 



An affidavit of the soldiers in town, lately arrived from Newfound- 
land, against Captain Lloyd [fo. 202, 259], in answer to the letter 
writ to Lieutenant Moody the 8th instant, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered [fo. 232] that a copy of the said affidavit, as also of any 
other complaints that have lately been brought to this office against 
Captain Lloyd, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

A letter from Colonel Nott, Governor of Virginia, dated the 
24th of December last, was read ; and thereupon ordered that 
copy of paragraph M, relating to the seating of Blackwater Swamp, 
be sent to Colonel Nicholson for his opinion thereupon. The 
papers referr'd to in the said letter are as follows : — 

The Auditor's account of the two shiling per hhd. &c. from 

20th July, 1705, to the 25th October following. 
Colonel Allen's representation to Colonel Nott relating to his 

place of naval officer, desiring to be continued therein. 
Depositions of the seamen of the ship Thomas and John relating 
to the murder of Valentine Arrison by the master of the said 
ship. 
Minutes of Councill of the 15th October, 1705, to the 30th 

November following. 
Minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 23rd October, 1705, 

to the 30th November following. 
Minutes of Assembly from the 23rd October, 1705, to the 
30th November following. 

February 27. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Colonel Parke attending, acquainted their lordships that having 
made application to her Majesty for stores of war for the Leeward 
Islands, that matter had been referr'd by the Secretary of State 
to my Lord Treasurer, whose answer thereupon was, that the 
Leeward Islands had already more of the said stores sent them 
than their proportion of the 4J per cent, could pay for ; whereupon 
their lordships writ a letter to the Board of Ordnance, desiring 
to know what stores of warr have been sent to the Leeward Islands 
since those sent thither from the Board of Ordnance the 27th of 
March, 170|. 

Their lordships took into consideration several papers of com- 
plaints against Mr. Jackson, late minister at Newfoundland [fo. 228], 
and ordered the same to be copyed and sent to him for his answer 
[fo. 246]. The said papers are : 

Affidavit of Michael Clark against Mr. John Jackson, chaplain 

to the Port at St. John's in Newfoundland. 
Letter from Mr. Spann &c. to Commadore Bridge relating to 
a tryal between Mr. Collin Campbell and Mr. Jackson about 
a house &c, and to Mr. Jackson's refusing to comply with 
the verdict of the Court. 



Virginia. 

Col. Blakiston . 
convoys. 



February 28. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 

Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Colonel Blakiston attending [fo. 226], acquainted their lordships 
that he had been with the Virginia merchants, in pursuance of a 



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229 



1705-6. 



letter writ him the 25th instant, but that he did not finde they 
were like to come to any agreement amongst themselves in relation 
to convoys ; however, they would in a short time give their opinions 
in writing [fo. 260] ; whereupon he was desired to quicken them, 
that their lordships might come to a speedy determination therein. 

A letter from Colonel Nott, of the 24th of December last, was 
read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereto [vide 
infra], as also to another letter of the same date, read the 26th 
instant ; and further ordered that Colonel Nicholson have notice 
to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

A letter from Colonel Jennings, secretary of Virginia, dated 
the 18th of December last, was read. 



Virginia. 

Letter from Col. 

Nott. 

Answer. 

Col. Nicholson to 

attend. 

Letter from Col. 
Jennings. 



March 1. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing several complaints 
against Captain Lloyd [fo. 229, 238], and proposing that, in case 
her Majesty be pleased to send a reinforcement to the garrison of 
Newfoundland, there be an increase of provisions also sent, was 
signed. 

A letter to Colonel Nott, Governor of Virginia, as directed in 
yesterday's minutes [vide supra], was agreed and signed. 

A letter from Mr. Penn, inclosing a letter from the Lieutenant- 
Governor of Pennsylvania to the Board, as also an address from 
the traders in Pennsj^lvania to the said Lieutenant Governor, 
relating to hardships upon their expoitations of tobacco, were read ; 
and thereupon ordered that Mr. Penn be acquainted that the matter 
of the said address belonging properly to the Commissioners of her 
Majesty's Customes, be would do well to make his application 
there. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about complaints 
against Lloyd, 
and increase of pro- 
visions to be sent. 

Virginia. 

Letter to Col. Nott. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. 

Penn with one from 

Mr. Evans, inclosing 

an address. 

Answer to Mr. Penn 



March 4. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 1st instant, desiring 
to know if their lordships have any objections against Mr. Richard 
Clayton's being made a counsellor in St. Christopher's, was read ; 
and a letter in answer thereunto signifying that, there being at 
present a vacancy, the Board had no objections why her Majesty 
might not be pleased to constitute the said Clayton a member 
of that Council!, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 28th of the last month, 
referring to the Board a petition from the Canton of Berne in 
Switzerland, for settling a colony of natives of Switzerland in 
Pennsylvania or the territories of Virginia, was read ; and 
Colonel Nicholson attending, and being asked his opinion thereupon, 
he said that there was no place upon the rivers in Virginia where 
they could seat themselves, except upon James River, about four- 
score miles up the country. He further offered that, before the 
said Switzers be sent over, it would be expedient that an agent 
from them be sent to Virginia, to view the place and to provide 
necessaries for them against their arrival ; for, if they were sent 



St. Christophers. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about a counsellor. 

Answer. 



Proprieties. 
Virginia. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about settling a 

colony of Switzers. 



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1705-6. 



Answer to be pre- 
pared. 

Virginia. 

Col. Nicholson about 
lands on Black-water 
Swamp. 



Papers relating 

thereto to be look'd 

out. 

Bermuda. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Bradshaw in answer 

to complaints against 

Jones. 

Affidavits against 
the said Jones. 



Mr. Bradshaw to 

bring copy of Mr. 

Jones's patent. 



Three letters from 
Mr. Jones. 



as the French Refugees lately were, it would be two or three years 
before they could be able to maintain themselves, which would 
therefore be, during that time, a burthen to that province : where- 
upon their lordships gave directions [fo. 239] for preparing an 
answer to Mr. Secretary Hedges's foresaid letter. 

Colonel Nicholson being then asked several questions upon 
paragraph M of Colonel Nott's letter of the 24th of December last, 
relating to the taking up of lands on the south side of Blackwater 
Swamp, he said that, soon after his going to Virginia, the Assembly 
did address him for seating that part of the country, which he 
consented to ; but finding that the lands were there taken up 
irregularly by natural surveys only, he had put a stop to any 
proceedings therein, and referr'd himself for a further account of 
that matter to his letter of the 22nd of October, 1703, and the 
papers therewith transmitted : whereupon ordered that the said 
papers be look'd out, to be laid before their lordships. 

Mr. Bradshaw presented to their lordships a memorial in answer 
to the heads of complaints against Mr. Jones, Secretary and Provost 
Marshall of Bermuda [fo. 227], sent him the 25th of the last month, 
which was read ; and Mr. Nodin, attending at the same time, 
presented to their lordships the affidavits of Stephen Painter, Lewis 
Johnstown and Nathanael Trout, relating to the irregular pro- 
ceedings of the said Jones since his last arrival in Bermuda, which 
were also read. And Mr. Bradshaw being asked for a copy of 
Mr. Jones's patent [fo. 236], he promised to bring the same to- 
morrow morning, at which time their lordships resolved to proceed 
further in the consideration of this matter. 

Three letters "from Mr. Jones, above mentioned, to the Board, 
dated the 5th June, 28th July and 8th of October, 1705, together 
with several demands made by him and the Governor's answer 
thereunto, were laid before the Board and read. 



Bermuda. 

Mr. Bradshaw and 

Mr. Nodin about Mr. 

Jones's acting by 

deputy in his places 

of secretary, &c. 



Copy of Mr. Jones's 
patent. 

The Governor to 

appoint a deputy and 

Jones to commis- 

sionate him. 

Mr. Jones to return 
to England. 

Virginia. 
Trade. 

Memorial from the 
Russia merchants in 
answer to the petition 
of the Virginia and 
Maryland merchants 



March 5. Present : — Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Nodin attending [fo. 235], acquainted 
their lordships that they had discoursed together, but could not 
come to any agreement in relation to Mr. Jones's acting by deputy 
as secretary and provost marshall of Bermuda, there being no 
such permission given him by his patent from King William for those 
places (unless in case of sickness or any other incapacity), a copy 
whereof Mr. Bradshaw presented to the Board, which was read ; 
and their lordships told them that, for the putting an end to the 
differences between Colonel Bennet and Mr. Jones, it would be 
necessary the Governor should appoint a deputy to be com- 
missionated by the said Jones during his absence, and that he the 
said Jones come to England to give an account of his proceedings 
there. And their lordships agreed then to take the same into 
further consideration at their next meeting [fo. 250]. 

Mr. Nathanael Gould, Mr. Haistwell and other Russia merchants 
attending, presented to the Board a memorial in answer to the 
Virginia and Maryland merchants' petition [fo. 226] (mentioned 
in the minutes of the 25th of the last month), setting forth that 
they neither have nor know of any persons that have indeavcured 



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231 



to ingross the tobacco trade and carry on the manufacture of it 
there, and that they had no other aim or design than to dispose 
of their tobacco now in Russia before it perish 'd, which was read. 
They further added that Mr. Whitworth, her Majesty's Envoy at 
Moscow, was treating with the Czar in their behalf, either to refund 
to them the customes which they had paid him on this tobacco, or 
that he would take the said tobacco off their hands. Their lordships 
thereupon ordered [jo. 244] that the Virginia and Maryland 
merchants be summon'd to attend the Board on Tiiesday next, 
and that Mr. Gould and the other gentlemen attend at the same 
time. 

The Board being sent for to the Committee of the Priv}' Councill, 
they were amongst other things asked what did chiefly induce 
them to propose the augmenting the number of soldiers at New- 
foundland. To which was answered that it was the invasion of 
the French the last year of our several harbours in Newfoundland, 
and the apprehensions there are of their attacking again the forts 
at St. John's, as they then did to the great indangering of the place, 
which might be to the utter ruine of the whole fishery ; whereupon 
the Board were directed [vide infra] to take an account of all things 
necessary to be prepared for receiving the additional number of 
men, if her Majesty shall think fit to send them. And whereas the 
Board had transmitted the 1st instant to Mr. Secretary Hedges 
[fo. 232, 245] several papers of complaints against Captain Lloyd, 
they are now directed to examin the said papers, and to hear any 
persons concerning the same. 

March 6. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships taking into consideration the business of New- 
foundland [vide supra], referr'd to them by a Committee of the 
Privy Councill, as mention 'd in the last minutes, made a progress 
therein, and ordered [fo. 239] that Colonel Richards and Lieutenant 
Moody have notice to attend the Board to-morrow at 10 a'clock 
in the morning. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a letter 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 234, 246], relating to the settling of a 
colony of Switzers in America, and made a progress therein. 

March 7. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. 
Prior. 

Colonel Richards, late engineer and captain of the garrison at 
Newfoundland, attending [fo. 238, 241], and being asked several 
questions in relation to the forts at St. John's in Newfoundland, 
he said that the present garrison there was not sufficient to defend 
the place, because part of that garrison must always be at the 
north and the south batteries, and that he thought two hundred 
men the least number necessary for the defence of St. John's against 
a regular attack of the enemy, especially considering that the 
French have allways 150 soldiers in pay at Placentia, besides their 
Canadians and Indians, which they can call to their assistance 
at a short warning ; that Fort William is large enough to contain 



170.5-6. 

about tobacco trade 
at Aloscoiv. 



Merchants to be 
summon d. 



Newfoundland. 

The Board sent for 

to a Committee of 

Councill about 

augmenting the 

number of soldiers 

and necessaries for 

them. 



Papers against 

Lloyd to be 
examined and 
persons heard. 



Newfoundland. 

Augmentation of 
soldiers under 
consideration. 
Col. Richards and 
Lieutenant Moody 
to attend. 

Proprieties. 
Virginia. 

Settling a colony of 
Switzers under con- 
sideration. 



Newfoundland. 

Col. Richards about 
additional number of 
men, &c. 



232 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS. [K. 240-242. 



1705-6. 



Carolina. 

A gentleman from 

the Lord Granville 

to look over Acts 

about vestries and 

ministers to be 

inducted. 



Newfoundland. 

Col. Biclmrds about 

forts, 

additional number 

of men and other 

necessaries. 



Lieut. Moody on the 
like subjects. 



above 200 soldiers ; that there are barracks enough at present 
to lodge the said 200 soldiers, that is so many of them as shall 
remain there, because of the detachments to be made to the 
batteries as above said ; that there is room for building more 
barracks if need were ; that the barracks at present hold twelve 
soldiers each, and may very easily be made to contain twenty ; 
that there are barracks at the south battery for twenty soldiers, 
and room enough to contain sixty. He added that it was absolutely 
necessary, in his opinion, for the security and good management 
of the fishery, and for the preventing of abuses and irregularities 
which may be committed by the captain of the garrison there, 
that the Commadore of the Newfoundland convoy be constituted 
by her Majesty's commission Commander-in-Chief of the forts and 
soldiers there, during his stay in those parts, as has been done of 
late years, and that even while he was captain and commander of 
the fort, he looked upon this constitution as safe for him and usefull 
for the publick. 

A gentleman from the Lord Granville attending and desiring 
leave to inspect the Virginia and Maryland laws, in order to prepare 
himself for a hearing that is to be on Saturday next before the 
House of Lords upon two Acts past in Carolina, leave was given 
him accordingly ; and then desiring copies of two Acts past in 
Virginia in March, 166^, entituled Vestries appointed and Ministers 
to be inducted, copies of the said Acts were given him. 

March 11. Present: — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Richards attending, and being again asked several 
questions in relation to the forts at St. John's in Newfoundland 
and to the additional number of soldiers proposed to be sent thither 
[Jo. 239, 256], he said that though there were barracks enough in 
the fort and south battery to contain 200 men, yet there would 
want boards from England to build lodgings for the officers that 
shall go with the said additional men, and for enlarging the store 
houses, as also bricks for building the chimneys of the said lodgings, 
which may be sent as ballast in the sack ships. He said that there 
would also want beds and surtouts in case they go well cloathed 
for the said additional men, as also about 20 watch coats ; that 
there ought to be about 30 men always at the south battery, but 
that he thought was fit to be left to the discretion of the Commander- 
in-Chief ; that it would be cheaper and better for the garrison 
if coals were sent them from England than that they should be 
left to provide their own wood, which by reason of the distance 
is laborious and difficult to be got. He added that it was necessary 
that the cask in which the provisions for the soldiers we're pack'd 
up, be very strong and tight. 

Lieutenant Moody attending at the same time, confirmed all 
that Colonel Richards had said at this and the last meeting, and 
only added that the barracks are built in two sides of the fort ; 
that the soldiers now there take up but one of the said sides, the 
other being filled with lumber ; and he proposed that one of the 
officers of the garrison be appointed to deliver out the provisions 



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233 



to the soldiers, with an additional allowance of 12d. a day out of 
the contingent charges. 

Their lordships then took into consideration the draught of a 
letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 244] thereupon, and made a 
progress therein. 

March 12. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Lieutenant Moody attending, presented to their lordships a 
draught of the harbour and fortifications at Placentia in New- 
foundland, and being asked what officers there were at present in 
Newfoundland, he said that there was Major Lloyd, Mr. Latham, 
captain, and two lieutenants, and one of them, vizt., Thomas 
Philips, not above 14 years old. 

A memorial from Mr. Thurston, agent for the garrison of New- 
foundland, with the particulars of necessaries wanting, in pay, 
cloathing and provisions for the additional soldiers proposed to 
be sent to Newfoundland, was read. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 243], relating to the sending 
additional men to Newfoundland, was agreed and signed. 

Mr. Perry, Mr. Hyde, with other Virginia and Maryland merchants 
[Jo. 237], as also Mr. Gold, Mr. Haistwell, and other the first 
contractors with the Czar of Muscovy attending, the petition of 
the Virginia merchants, praying that the tobacco trade to Muscovy 
may be laid open (mentioned in the minutes of the 25th of the last 
month), as also the answer of the said contractors thereunto 
(mentioned in the minutes of the 5th instant), were read. And 
the Virginia merchants being asked what proofs they had for the 
allegations in their petition, they said that they had no proofs, 
but that they had heard that the said contractors had sold all 
their tobacco at Moscow, and were about sending more over, and 
therefore their desire was that her Majesty would please to direct 
Mr. Whitworth, her Envoy to his Czarish Majesty, to make 
application to the Czar that that trade be inlarged and open to all 
her Majesty's subjects. Unto which the contractors replyed that 
they had not received any advice of their tobacco's being all sold, 
nor did they believe it was, and, if any applications were made to 
the Czar by Mr. Whitworth for opening the said trade before the 
tobacco they have there be sold, it would infallibly prevent the 
vending thereof, and that, having already been very great losers 
by that trade, they hoped the Board would not offer to her Majesty 
what might be so prejudicial to them, and that they had no 
objections to the opening the said trade, so soon as their tobacco 
should be disposed of. Whereupon the Virginia merchants offered 
that, in case the trade might be opened immediately, they would 
ingage to take off all the tobacco the contractors have at Moscow, 
that shall be sound and merchantable, at the same price it was 
imported thither. But both sides agreeing that in a month or 
five weeks' time they might have more certain accounts of the 
disposal of that tobacco [fo. 272], they agreed to attend their 
lordships again this day month. 



1705-6. 



Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges thereon. 



Newfoundland. 

Map of Placentia. 

Moody. 
Account of officers. 



Memorial from Mr. 

Thurston about 
necessaries for addi- 
tional men. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about addi- 
tional men. 
Trade. 
Virginia. 

Merchants about 

tobacco trade in 

Russia. 



234 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS r K . 245-248. 



1705-6. 
Newfoundland. 
Mr. Merret sum- 
mon d. 

Complaints against 
Lloyd. 



Newfoundland. 

Prisoners taken by 

the French. 
Mr. Roop to give 
account of them. 

Proprieties. 
Virginia. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about set- 
tlement of Switzers, &c. 
Newfoundland. 
Mr. Jackson. 
Answer to complaints 
against him. 



Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about declaration to 

be published by the 

Commadore. 



Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Merret to acquaint him 
that the Board having before them some complaints against 
Captain Lloyd [fo. 238, 247, 248] are desirous to speak with him 
on Thursday morning next. 

March 13. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

The Commissioners for exchange of prisoners having sent to 
desire the names of such English men as were taken prisoners by 
the French at Newfoundland, and the places where they are at 
present ; ordered [Jo. 247] that Mr. Roop be desired to give the 
Board an account thereof to-morrow morning. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 28th of 
the last month [fo. 239], relating to the settlement of a colony of 
Switzers in America, was signed. 

Mr. Jackson, late minister at Newfoundland, attending, and 
offering to their lordships his answer to the complaints against 
him [fo. 230, 250], which were ordered to be sent him the 27th 
of the last month, he was acquainted that it was more proper for 
him to apply to the Lord Bishop of London. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 5th instant, directing 
the Board to prepare a declaration from her Majesty to be published 
by the Commadore of the convoy at Newfoundland for settling a 
militia there [fo. 248], and such instructions as shall be proper in 
that behalf, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer 
thereunto. 



Newfoundland. 

Two addresses in 
favour of Lloyd. 



Mr. Jackson 
summon' d. 

Mr. Roop about 

English prisoners 

to be released. 



Newfoundland. 

Mr. Merret about 
soldiers' affidavits 
and Mr. Jackson's 

memorial against 
Major Lloyd. 



Affidavits against 
Lieut. Moody. 



March 14. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Prior. 

Two addresses, the one from the masters of ships in Newfoundland, 
and the other from the inhabitants of St. John's, to her Majesty in 
favour of Captain Lloyd [fo. 245, 248], being brought from 
Mr. Secretary Hedges's office, were laid before the Board ; and 
thereupon ordered that Mr. Jackson, late minister of Newfoundland 
[Jo. 250], be desired to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

Mr. Roop attending according to order [fo. 246], acquainted 
their lordships that he had not yet got all the names of the English 
prisoners taken in Newfoundland the last winter [fo. 251], but- 
hoped to be able to lay them before their lordships to-morrow 
morning. 

Mr. Merret attending also, according as he had been desired 
[fo. 245, 247], the affidavits of the soldiers lately arrived from 
Newfoundland and an extract of Mr. Jackson's memorial relating 
to Captain Lloyd [fo. 171] were communicated to him for his answer 
thereunto, which he promised to bring to the Board on Monday 
morning next. 

Then he presented to their lordships thirteen affidavits of several 
persons at Newfoundland against Lieutenant Moody ; whereupon 
ordered [fo. 251] that they be communicated to the said Moody 
for his answer thereunto. 



K 248-251.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



235 



1705-6. 
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 5th instant L ^ t0 Mr : Secretary 
[fo. 246], inclosing a declaration to be published by the Commadore "liratlon about "' 
at Newfoundland for settling a militia there, was signed. settling a Militia. 



March 15. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration an Act of Barbados, 
intituled, An Act to keep inviolate and preserve the freedom of elections 
and appointing who shall be deemed Freeholders and be capable of 
electing or being elected Representatives, Vestrymen or to serve as 
Jurors to try Real Actions within this Island, past there in August, 
1697, and thereupon ordered that three clauses of the said Act, 
which are in folio 276 of the book of laws, be communicated to 
Colonel Cleland [fo. 252], as what their lordships think not fit to 
be allowed. 

Their lordships also took into consideration another Act past 
in Barbados in November, 1701, which is in the foresaid book of 
laws, folio 330, intituled, An Act to ratify, approve and confirm Letters 
Patent, Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Conveyances and all other 
Instruments of Writing relating to the Titles of the several Owners, 
Proprietors of the Lands and Tenements, Slaves and other Heredita- 
ments within this Island, and read Mr. Attorney General's Report 
thereupon (entred Barbados C, folio 450), disapproving the said 
Act for the reasons therein set forth ; and thereupon ordered 
[fo. 252] that Colonel Cleland have notice to attend the Board 
on Monday morning next. 

Ordered that a representation be prepared upon the reference 
from Mr. Secretaiy Hedges [fo. 254], read the 4th of the last month, 
on the petition of the General Assembly of Bermuda against 
Mr. Jones, secretary and provost marshall of that island [fo. 236], 
pursuant to the minutes of the 5th instant. 

Mr. Linton presented to their lordships a memorial relating 
to the tobacco trade [fo. 252], which their lordships resolved to take 
into consideration at the first opportunity. 

A letter from Mr. Merret, inclosing the copy of an address to the 
Lord Bishop of London from several masters of ships and traders 
at Newfoundland against Mr. Jackson [fo. 246], the late minister 
there, which were read ; And Mr. Jackson attending, the said 
petition was communicated to him for his answer thereunto 
[fo. 258], as also the two addresses to her Majesty in favour of 
Captain Lloyd [fo. 247], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, for 
his observations thereupon [fo. 258]. 

Lieutenant Moody attending also, the affidavits mentioned in 
yesterday's minutes [fo. 248, 257] against him were delivered to 
him for his answer thereunto. 

Mr. Roop attending [fo. 247], presented to their lordships a 
memorial with the names of such of the English prisoners that had 
been taken at Newfoundland as he could learn at present, which 
was read, and a letter writ to the Commissioners for exchange of 
prisoners inclosing a copy thereof. 



Barbados. 

Two Acts under 
consideration. 



Col. Cleland 
summon'd. 

Bermuda. 

Representation to be 
prepared on com- 
plaints against Mr. 
Jones. 

Virginia. 
Trade. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Linton about 

tobacco trade. 

Newfoundland. 

Address to Bishop 

of London against 

Mr. Jackson 

communicated to him, 

as also the addresses 

in favor of Capt. 

Lloyd. 



Affidavits against 
Lieut. Moody 
delivered to him 
for answer- 
Memorial from Mr. 
Roop with the names 

of the English 

prisoners taken at 

Newfoundland. 



236 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 251-254. 



1705-6. 

The fishermen, &c, 
so ignorant that they 
will sign any paper 

without knowing 
the contents thereof. 



Trade. 
Virginia. 

Mr. Linton's memo- 
rial about tobacco 
trade. 

Barbados. 

Col. Cleland about 
Acts. 



Virginia. 
Trade. 

Letter to Mr. 

Advocate General 

about carrying 

tobacco, &c, in 

neutral ships to 

France. 



Their lordships having observed in several of the papers of 
complaints which they have received from Newfoundland, that 
the same persons signed both for and against the person complained 
of, they asked Mr. Roop what might be the meaning thereof, who 
said that the fishermen there were such a poor, ignorant sort of 
people, and most of the masters of ships little better, that they 
may be easily persw r aded, by promises or threats, to sign anything, 
though they know not what it is. 

March 18. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The memorial from Mr. Linton relating to the tobacco trade 
[fo. 250, 295, &c], mentioned in the minutes of the 15th instant, 
was read. 

Colonel Cleland attending according to appointment [fo. 249], 
their lordships acquainted him that the Act intituled, An Act to 
keep inviolate and preserve the Freedom of Elections and appointing 
who shall be deemed, Freeholders and be capable of electing or being 
elected Representatives, Vestrymen, or to serve as Jurors to try Real 
Actions within this Island (mentioned in the foresaid minutes), 
did contain three clauses at the later end, beginning with the words 
And if the person so, and ending with the words after the offence ; 
which clauses were judged by the Board to contain powers undue 
and exorbitant in the Assembly, and therefore unfit to be confirmed 
by her Majesty ; for which reason it was ordered that the agents 
should have copies of the said clauses, to the end the Assembly 
might have time till their next meeting to repeal the said clauses, 
the rest of the Act being thought usefull for the intended purpose. 
And Colonel Cleland was told that, in case the said clauses were not 
repealed accordingly, the Board would find themselves obliged 
to represent to her Majesty that the whole Act be disallowed and 
set aside. 

As to the other Act [fo. 249], intituled, An Act to ratify, approve 
and confirm Letters Patent, Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Con- 
veyances, and all other Instruments of Writing relating to the Titles of 
the several Owners, Proprietors of Lands and Tenements, Slaves 
and other Hereditaments within this Island ; Colonel Cleland was 
informed that their lordships had consulted Mr. Attorney General 
therein [fo. 250], who had given his opinion that it was fit to be 
rejected ; whereupon their lordships had resolved [fo. 254] to 
present a representation to her Majesty for repealing the same the 
next Councill day. 

March 19. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Application having been made to the Board by several merchants 
trading in tobacco or other commodities of the same nature of 
the growth of England, and of the Plantations, that they might 
be allowed to dispose of such commodities to neutral ships coming 
into England [fo. 293], and the said ships permitted to carry the 
same to places in enmity with her Majesty, ordered that a letter be 



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237 



writ to Sir John Cook, her Majesty's Advocate General [Jo. 294], 
for his opinion by what law, order or instruction the same is dis- 
allowed. 

A representation for repealing An Act past at Barbados in 1701, 
to ratify, approve and confirm Letters Patent, Gifts, Grants, Bargains, 
Sales, Conveyances &c. [Jo. 253, 302], mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes, was signed. 

A representation upon Mr. Secretary Hedges's reference of the 
23rd of November last [fo. 250, 310], upon the petition of the 
General Assembly of Bermuda against Mr. Jones, secretary and 
provost marshall of Bermuda, as directed in the minutes of the 
5th instant, was signed. 

Their lordships took into consideration the heads of inquiries 
and the instructions to the Commadore of the Newfoundland 
convoy, and ordered a letter to be writ to Mr. Burchet, desiring 
him to lay the same before his Royal Highness the Lord High 
Admiral's Councill, and to be given the said Commadore accordingly. 

A report from the Committee of the House of Commons appointed 
to consider of the trade of Newfoundland, was communicated to 
the Board. 

A letter from Colonel Johnson to the Board, relating to the forts 
and platforms repaired and erected by him in the Island of Nevis, 
dated the 15th September, 1705, was read. 

March 26. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The Board being sent for to a Committee of the Privy Councill, 
they were directed to draw up instructions for the Commander 
of the forts and garrison of St. John's in Newfoundland [fo. 258], 
to permit the Commadore for the time being to supervise and 
inspect the state of the stores ammunition and provisions in the 
said fort, batteries and garrison, and the condition of the said forts 
and garrison, that an account may be given thereof by the Com- 
mander-in-Chief of the said convoy at his return, as also to deliver 
to the Commodore a muster roll of the garrison there, and to cause 
the said garrison to pass in muster before the said Commadore, 
in order to his signing the same. They were also directed to prepare 
instructions [fo. 258] to the said Commadore upon the same subject. 

The Board were further directed to send for Colonel Richards 
[fo. 241, 258], to discourse with him again in relation to the number 
of men necessary for the defence and security of the forts and 
harbour of St. John's. 

Their lordships then also referred to the Board a petition of 
Lieutenant Moody [fo. 258] to her Majesty for their opinion there- 
upon ; and being returned, ordered [vide supra and fo. 258] that 
Colonel Richards have notice to attend the Board on Thursday 
morning next. 

Upon consideration of the Act past in 1698 to incourage the trade 
to Newfoundland, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to 
desire him to move the Lord High Treasurer for his directions 
to the collectors and principal officers of the Customes in the several 



1705-6. 



Barbados. 

Bepresentation on 
Act to ratify, ap- 
prove, <&c. 

Bermuda. 

Representation on 

petition of the 
General Assembly 
against Mr. Jones. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 
Burchet with heads 
of inquiry for the 
Commadore. 

Report of the 

Committee of House 

of Commons about 

trade of 

N ewfoundland. 

Nevis. 

Letter from Col. 

Johnson about 

fortifications, &c. 

1706. 

Newfoundland. 

Instructions for the 

Commander of the 

forts and for the 

Commadore. 



Col. Richards to be 

again discoursed 

with about additional 

men. 

Lieut. Moody's 

petition to her 

Majesty. 

Col. Bicliards 
summon d. 

Letter to Mr. 

Ljowndes upon a 

clause in the Act 

about Newfoundland 

trade. 



238 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K, 257-260. 



1706. 



Newfoundland. 

Lieut. Moody's 
answer to affidavits 

against him. 

Abstract of both to 

be made. 



Newfoundland. 

Mr. Jackson's 
observations on the 
two addresses from 

the inhabitants. 



Lieut. Moody's 

petition to her 

Majesty considerea. 



Draughts of instruc- 
tions for the Com- 
mander of the gar- 
rison and to the 
Commodore. 

Col. Richards about 

additional number 

of men. 



Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges upon Col. 
Richards' s opinion 
and inclosing the 
above instructions. 



Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Merret about affi- 
davits of soldiers and 
Mr. Jackson's 
memorial. 

Newfoundland. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Jackson on the two 
addresses from 
Newfoundland. 



ports that a clause, in folio 414, relating to those officers, taking 
an account of the green men sent every year to Newfoundland, 
be put in execution. 

March 28. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Lieutenant Moody attending, presented to their lordships his 
answer to the several affidavits against him [fo. 251] (communicated 
to him the 15th instant), as also a letter from Captain Fairborne 
in his favour ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 260] that an abstract 
of the said affidavits and of Lieutenant Moody's defence be made 
and laid before the Board. He further presented to their lordships 
a list of the inhabitants of St. John's and Petty Harbour. 

Mr. Jackson, late minister of Newfoundland, attending, presented 
to their lordships his observations upon the two addresses [fo. 247, 
259, 260] from the inhabitants and masters of ships in Newfound- 
land, in favour of Captain Lloyd, mentioned in the minutes of the 
14th instant. He also presented to their lordships an answer to 
the address from the inhabitants in Newfoundland against him 
to the Bishop of London [fo. 250, 336; L. fo. 119], which their 
lordships resolved to take into consideration the first opportunity. 

Their lordships then took into consideration Lieutenant Moody's 
petition to her Majesty [fo. 256], mentioned in the last minutes, 
setting forth his services and praying that he may be provided 
for in the army ; and resolved to return their opinion thereupon 
[fo. 267] so soon as they shall have examined the forementioned 
affidavits against the said Moody and his answer. 

The draught of the instructions to the Commander of the garrison 
of Newfoundland [fo. 256], and to the Commadore of the convoy, 
in pursuance of the last minutes, were laid before the Board and 
agreed. 

Colonel Richards attending [fo. 256], according to the order in 
the last minutes, and being asked his further thoughts concerning 
the number of men necessary for the defence of the fort and batteries 
at St. John's in Newfoundland against the French, he said that 
the number requisite for the better defence of the said fort and 
batteries is an addition of such another company as is already 
there ; whereupon their lordships signed a letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, informing him of Colonel Richards's opinion herein ; as 
also inclosing the draughts of the forementioned instructions to 
the Captain of the garrison and to the Commadore of the convoy. 

March 29. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Merret, inclosing a memorial [fo. 228, 260], 
with his opinion upon the affidavits of the soldiers lately arrived 
from Newfoundland, as also upon a memorial of Mr. Jackson, 
late minister at Newfoundland [fo. — ] against Major Lloyd, was 
read. 

The memorial from Mr. Jackson, mentioned in yesterday's 
minutes [fo. 258 ; L. fo. 72], upon the two addresses from New- 
foundland in favour of Major Lloyd, was read. 



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239 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, with an abstract of the com- 
plaints made by the soldiers lately returned from Newfoundland 
against Major Lloyd [jo. 259], was signed. 

An abstract of the affidavits against Lieutenant Moody [jo. 257], 
as also of his answer thereunto (as directed at the last meeting), 
was laid before the Board ; and Lieutenant Moody attending at 
the same time, he was directed [jo. 265] to get a certificate from 
Commadore Bridge or Captain Fairborne that he was tryed and 
acquitted in Newfoundland by them upon the accusation of his 
having killed a woman there. 

A memorial from several Virginia and Maryland merchants of 
London, relating to convoys [jo. 231, 261], was laid before the Board. 

Mr. Millner presented to their lordships a memorial from several 
other merchants of London, as also a memorial from the merchants 
of Whitehaven trading to Virginia and Maryland, relating likewise 
to convoys [jo. 226, 261], whereupon their lordships agreed to take 
the same into consideration so soon as they shall have received the 
answers which they expect from Bristoll and Leverpoole ; and 
ordered that letters be writ to Colonel Yates of Bristoll and to 
Mr. Clayton and to Mr. Johnson of Leverpoole, for the said 
answers. 



1706. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges with abstract 
of complaints against 

Lloyd. 
Abstracts of affidavits 

against Moody. 
Moody at the Board. 



Virginia. 

Maryland. 

Manorial from 

several merchants 

about convoys. 



April 1. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

The memorial from the merchants of London, as also from the 
merchants of Whitehaven trading to Virginia and Maryland 
[jo. 260], mentioned in the last minutes, were read. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 21st of the last month, 
referring to the Board a petition of Peregrine Brown, praying 
that the Olive Tree galley, bound for Guinea and from thence to 
Maryland, may have leave to return from Maryland without convoy, 
in case there be none there when that ship shall be laden, was read ; 
whereupon their lordships agreed to postpone the consideration 
thereof till they should make their general report in relation to 
the Virginia and Maryland convoys, and the permitting or hindering 
vessells to sail without convoy from thence, which they shall be ready 
to do so soon as they shall have received the answer they expect 
from the western ports. 

A letter from Mr. Bridger, giving an account of great quantities 
of wool! cards and wooll combes shipt off for New England [jo. 218], 
was read ; and their lordships taking into consideration the pre- 
judice and evill consequence that the setting up of woollen manu- 
factures in those parts would be to the trade of England, ordered 
that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General [jo. 356] to desire to 
know whether there be any law whereby any such exportations 
may be prevented. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated 
the 20th of November last, was read, and the papers therein referr'd 
to laid before the Board, and are as followeth, vizt. : 

Minutes of Councill in Jamaica from the 2nd of Aprill, 1705, 
to the 17th of November following. 



Virginia. 
Maryland. 
Memorial from 
merchants about 
tobacco trade. 
Maryland. 
Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
about Olive Tree 
gally's being per- 
mitted to return 
thence without 
convoy. 
Consideration thereof 
dcterr'd till the 
general report be 
made. 



New England. 

Letter from Mr. 

Bridger about wooll 

cards. &c. being 

shipt for Nciv 

England. 

Letter to Mr. 

Attorney General 

thereupon. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from Col. 

Handasyd. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



240 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 262-265. 



1706. 



Extract of the said 

letter about soldiers 

hardships sent to 

Capt. Gardner. 

Sir G. Heathcote 

and Sir B. 

Gracedieu to attend. 



Jamaica. 

Act about soldiers 
subsistence under 

consideration. 
A3 also Minutes of 
Councill in Assembly. 



Col. Handagyd to 
return half yearly 
accounts of stores. 

and. the other 
Governors who have 
omitted to do it. 



Letter to Board of 
Ordnance with ex- 
tract of the foregoing 
Minutes about stores 
of war wanting. 

Leeward Islands. 

Mr. Baron with Order 
of Councill about his 
ship and goods con- 
demn d by Col. 
Codrinaton. 



Newfoundland. 

Certificates in favour 

of Lieut. Moody. 



Minutes of Councill in Assembly held in Jamaica from the 

10th of July, 1705, to the 30th of October following. 
Minutes of Assembly from the 10th of August, 1705, to the 

30th of October following. 
An Act to provide an additional subsistence for her Majesty's 
officers and soldiers, and for other uses, past the 30th of 
October, 1705. 
Several Acts past at an Assembly held in Jamaica in July 
and August, 1705. 
Whereupon ordered that paragraph E, of the foresaid letter relating 
to the hardships his regiment suffers there, be sent to Captain Gardner 
(his agent) [fo. 298] for his answer thereunto ; and further ordered 
[fo. 264, 284] that Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew 
Gracedieu be acquainted that their lordships desire to speak with 
them on Fryday morning next thereupon. 

April 2. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the Act, mentioned in 
yesterday's minutes, intituled, An Act to provide an additional 
subsistence for her Majesty's Officers and Soldiers and for other uses, 
past at Jamaica the 30th of October, 1705, as also the minutes 
of Councill in Assembly, from the 10th of July, 1705, to the 30th of 
October following, and went through the same ; whereupon their 
lordships made several observations on the said Act and minutes 
[fo. 263, 284]. in order to communicate the same to Sir Gilbert 
Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu, when they shall be at 
the Board on Fryday next, and reporting to her Majesty thereupon. 
And further ordered that in the next letter from the Board to 
Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, he be directed to return 
an account half-yearly of stores there, in pursuance of an instruction 
from her Majesty, dated the 22nd February, 170f, and that the 
other Governors who have omitted to send the said accounts be 
desired, in the next letters writ to them, to transmit the same 
accordingly, and a copy of the said instruction to be sent to all the 
said Governors. 

Ordered also that a letter be prepared [fo. 267] to transmit to 
the officers of her Majesty's Ordnance an extract of the foregoing 
minutes relating to stores and ammunitions of war wanting in 
Jamaica, for their information. 

Mr. Samuel Baron, merchant, attending [fo. 267], presented to 
the Board an Order of Councill upon the report of Mr. Attorney 
General and Mr. Advocate General to her Majesty on his petition, 
praying that an instruction may be given to the present Governor 
of the Leeward Islands to take care that the said Baron be restored 
to his ship and goods formerly condemned by Colonel Codrington 
there, or value thereof, which was read ; and the said Baron praying 
that the Board would deliver the said order to Colonel Parke, 
with his other dispatches, for his complying therewith, their lord- 
ships promised him to do the same accordingly. 

Lieutenant Moody attending, presented to the Board the 
certificate of Timothy Bridge, late Commadore at Newfoundland, 



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241 



[fo. 260], and also the certificate of Captain William Fairborne, 
relating to the complaint against the said Mood} r , for whipping 
one Christian, a servant maid to Mr. Jackson, late minister of. 
Newfoundland, to death ; setting forth that the said complaint 
is frivolous and malicious, was read ; whereupon ordered [fo. 267] 
that a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges be prepared thereupon. 



1706. 



April 3. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Jory attending, and desiring their lordships to take into 
consideration the Acts of Nevis [fo. 83, 306, 308], which he lately 
brought to this office, he was acquainted that their lordships would 
do it at the first opportunity. 

Mr. Jackson attending, presented to their lordships a petition 
setting forth that whilst he was minister at Newfoundland [fo. 274], 
the inhabitants of St. John's had voluntarily obliged themselves 
by subscription to pay him yearly during his abode amongst them, 
a certain allowance of fish for his ministerial attendance, which 
he did not receive the last year, and therefore praying that the 
Commadore may have an instruction to oblige the subscribers to 
pay their said quantity of fish to Mr. Joseph Pemberton and 
Mr. Archibald Cummings, his correspondents there, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered [fo. 274] that a letter be writ to the Com- 
madore to recommend to him that he use his best endeavours 
with the inhabitants that Mr. Jackson may have his just dues 
according to the prayer of his petition. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance with an extract of the minutes 
of Jamaica [fo. 264], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was 
signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon the petition of 
Lieutenant Moody [fo. 256, 258, 321], mentioned in the minutes 
of the 26th of the last month, as also upon the affidavits that 
have been presented to the Board against the said Moody, was 
signed. 

A memorial from Mr. Thomas Newton [fo. 19], relating to the 
want of a Court of Chancery in the Massachusets Bay, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a copy thereof be sent to Mr. Phips, 
agent for that province, and that he be desired to procure the 
opinion of her Majesty's Attorney or Sollicitor General there- 
upon. 

A letter to Colonel Park. Governor of the Leeward Islands, upon 
the Order of Councill relating to Mr. Baron [fo. 264], mentioned 
in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

A letter from the Lord Cornbury, dated the 13th of July last 
[fo. 204], complaining of Mr. Byerly, Collector and Receiver-General 
of New Yorke, for countenancing illegal trade, for which he was 
suspended by his lordship, and praying that Mr. Fauconier, whom 
he had put into that place, may be confirmed therein, was read ; 
and their lordships gave directions for preparing an answer there- 
unto. The papers referr'd to in the foregoing letter are : 

Wt. 16557. Q 



Nevis. 

Col. Jory about Acts. 



Newfoundland. 

Petition from Mr. 
Jackson about fish 
due to him by sub- 
scription from the 
inhabitants. 



Letter to be writ to 

the Commadore 

thereupon. 



Jamaica. 

Letter to Board of 

Ordnance with extract 

of Minutes of Councill. 

Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges upon petition 
of Lieut. Moody, dbc. 



Massachusets. 
Memorial from Mr. 
Newton about want 
of a Court of Chan- 
cery. 
Letter to Mr. 
Phips for Attorney 
General's opinion 
thereon. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Col. Park- 
relating to Mr. 
Baron. 

New York. 

Letter from the Lord 
Cornbury against 
Mr. Byerly, the 
collector. 



242 JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 268-270. 



1706. 

?h7for re o f in rd lettet n A certificate of the Collector of New Yorke of his having 

oregomg . granted store (at the request of Captain Cholwell) in the ship 

Katherine for one cask of cacao, bound to Surinam. 

Naval officer's certificate about the sloop Mary of New Yorke's 

unlading her goods, she being leaky, untill she could refit 

and take the same goods on board again. 

April 4. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

lit™ from the A letter from the Lord Cornbur y, dated at New Yorke the 20th of 

Lord Cornbury. November, 1705 \Jo. 204], was read ; and thereupon ordered that 

an extract of paragraph E relating to 20 barrells of powder delivered 

M kn?%a b ° Ut l£ U 'e d r e s r ty his lordshi P to Captain Rogers, commander of her Majesty's 

sent t) Mr. sioper. ship Jersey, be given to Mr. Sloper, his lordship's agent, that he 

may sollicit the repayment thereof at the Admiralty. And 

N^nlan^nVtoMr ^ urtner ordered that a copy of paragraph N, relating to Captain 

Champante. Nanfan's accounts, be sent to Mr. Champante, to be communicated 

to the said Captain Nanfan. The papers referr'd to in the 

foresaid letter were laid before the Board, and are as follow, vizt. : 

Papers of pubiich Draught of a surrender from the propietors of East and West 

procee ings. New Jersey of their pretended right of government to 

King William. 

The Governor's speech to the Assembly recommending to 

them the defence of the province, and that they will think 

of a Bill for raising money to that end. 

The Councill's reasons against some clauses in a Bill for raising 

a summe sufficient to answer the charge of Fuziliers and out 

scouts for the defence of the province. 

The Assembly's answer to the Councill's reasons against some 

clauses in a Bill for raising a summe for defence of the 

province. 

The Councill's amendments to the Bill for raising a summe 

&c. for defence of the province. 
The Assembly's answer to the Councill's message relating to 
the amendments to the Bill &c. for raising a summe for 
defence of the province. 
The Governor's speech to the Assembly upon their delaying 
to provide for the defence of the province, when he pro- 
rogued them till May, 1706. 
The Governor's speech to the Assembly relating to some 
vessells fitted out in search of a privateer. — To the Acts of 
Parliament lately sent him. — To raising a fund for stores. — 
And to a clause of a letter from the Commissioners of 
Trade. 
Minutes of the General Assembly from the 7th of June, 1705, 

to the 4th of August following. 
Minutes of the Assembly of New Yorke from the 19th September, 

1705, to the 13th October following. 
A Bill for the raising a summe sufficient to answer the charge 
of Fuziliers and out scouts for the defence of the frontiers 
&c. 
Ten Acts past at New Yorke. 



K. 270-273.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



243 



A letter from the Lord Cornbury relating to Connecticut and 
Rhode Island, dated the 26th of November last [fo. 208], was 
read, and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and 
are as follows : 

Copies of proceedings of the General Court, with affidavits 

and certificates relating to the case of Edward Palmes &c. 
Copies of several papers under the seal of Connecticut relating 

to the case of Edward Palmes &c. 
Copy of the judgment of the General Court in the case of 
Major Edward Palmes &c, under the seal of the Colony, 
with several papers annexed. — The complaints of the 
inhabitants of New London &c. 
Deposition of Robert Orchard relating to Rhode Island and 

Connecticut's trading illegally and for piracy. 
The deposition of Michael Hicks relating to the Government 

of Rhode Island, and about illegal trade and piracy. 
Deposition of Richard Sacket relating to his suit against Caleb 

Beck in Connecticut, and to deserters harbour'd there &c. 
Captain Matthews's deposition relating to the protection 

given to deserters in Connecticut. 
Examinations of Edward Palmes on oath relating to the 
Colony of Connecticut's sheltering malefactors and trying 
murders, felonies &c, without lawfull authority. 
Affidavit of Mr. Auboyneau, relating to his suit against Robert 

Lord, with copies of the proceedings &c. 
Deposition of Richard Sacket relating to some expressions 

of the Sheriff of New London and others about their charter. 
Acts of Connecticut printed in 1702. 
A letter from the Lord Cornbury relating to his government of 
New Jersey, dated the 27th of November last [fo. 210], was read ; 
and the minutes of Assembly from the 15th of October, 1705, to 
the 8th of November following, therein referr'd to, were laid before 
the Board ; whereupon directions were given for preparing an 
answer unto this and the foregoing letters. 

Colonel Blakiston and Mr. Perry, with Captain Hyde and other 
Virginia and Maryland merchants attending, they acquainted 
their lordships that there were letters lately arrived from Muscovy 
[fo. 245], signifying that all the tobacco that the first contractors 
with the Czar of Muscovy had there was now sold ; whereupon 
ordered that the said contractors be informed hereof, and that 
they be desired [fo. 275] to let the Board know whether they have 
received any such account or no. 

A letter relating to convoys for the tobacco trade was laid before 
the Board, which their lordships resolved to take into consideration 
at the first opportunity. 



1706. 
New Yorke. 
Proprieties. 

Letter from Lord 

Cornbury relating 

to Connecticut and 

Rhode Island. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



New Jersey. 

Letter from the Lord 

Cornbury with 
Minutes of Assembly. 



Virginia. 
Trade. 

Col. Blakiston &c 

about the contractors' 

tobacco being sold at 

Moscow. 



Letter relating to 
convoys for the 
tobacco trade. 



April 5. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Letter from Colonel Ingoldesby, Lieutenant Governor of New New York. 

Yorke and New Jersey, dated the 10th of November last [fo. 275], i^luJ^™ Li f ut .. 

relating to his commissions for those governments, was read; Oov'.ofNewYorkrand 

Netv Jersey about his 
commissions. 



244 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 273-276. 



1706. 



Papers therein 
referred to. 



Representation to be 
prepared. 

Newfoundland. 

Mr. Jackson about a 
certain quantity of 
fish due to him, &c. 
Letter to the Com- 
modore thereupon. 



and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as 
follows : 

Copy of the translation of a letter sent from the Onondage 
country to the Lord Cornbury, relating to the design of some 
Indians to fight against the English &c. 
Copy of Colonel Ingoldesby's letter to the Lord Cornbury at 
Albany, inclosing the translation of a letter relating to the 
design of some Onondage Indians to fight against the English. 
Copy of the Lord Cornbury's answer to Colonel Ingoldesby's 
letter relating to some Onondage Indians' design against the 
English. 
Whereupon their lordships gave directions [fo. 275] for preparing 
a representation thereupon to her Majesty. 

Mr. Jackson presented to their lordships the original subscription 
of the inhabitants of St. John's [fo. 266], obliging themselves to 
pay him a certain quantity of fish yearly during his stay amongst 
them ; whereupon their lordships signed a letter to the Commadore 
of the Newfoundland convoy, inclosing the said subscription, 
as also a copy of his petition presented to this Board the 3rd instant, 
desiring him so far to befriend the said Jackson towards the 
inhabitants, that he may receive the said fish according to their 
subscription. 



New York. 
New Jersey. 

Representation on Col. 
Ingoldesby's letters. 

Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Harley 
with memorial from 
the Emperor' s 
Ministers about 
trade to Turkey. 

Virginia. 
Trade. 

Letter from con- 
tractors with the Czar 
about their tobacco 
at Moscow. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letters from 

Col. Johnson. 



Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



April 8. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation relating to Colonel Ingoldesby's commissions 
to be Lieutenant Governour of New Yorke and New Jersey [fo. 273, 
274, 297, 298], as directed the last meeting, was signed. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Harley, inclosing a memorial from 
the Emperor's plenipotentiaries here [/o. 173, 289], relating to a 
trade to be carryed on to Turkey and to the Emperor's hereditary 
dominions, was read ; and their lordships agreed to proceed in the 
consideration of that matter to-morrow morning. 

Mr. Haistwell attending, presented to their lordships a letter 
from himself and the other contractors with the Czar of Muscovy 
[fo. 273], in answer to one writ them the 4th instant, signifying 
that they have not received any advice of the sale of their tobacco 
in Muscovy, which was read ; whereupon ordered that a copy 
of the said letter be sent to Colonel Blakiston to be communicated 
to the Virginia merchants. 

Three letters from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of the 
Leeward Islands, dated the 17th September and 3rd November, 
and one without date, were read, and the papers therein referr'd 
to laid before the Board, and are as follow, vizt. : 

Account of the arms and ammunition in the Island of Antegoa. 

Certificates of the Councill of St. Christopher's, justif3 r ing 

Colonel Johnson from the imputation of having taken 

300L for passing an Act for subjecting the French part of 

St. Christopher's to the civill government. 



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245 



1706. 
Minute of Councill of St. Christopher's of the 3rd of Aprill, 

1705, relating to Mr. Pogson's saying 300?. was given &c. 

for passing an Act for subjecting the French part of 

St. Christopher's to the civill government of the Leeward 

Islands. 
An Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's, which 

was formerly called the French ground, to the civill govern- 
ment. 
Number of men fit to bear arms in the French part of 

St. Christopher's. 
Naval officer's list of ships cleared outward from St. Christopher's 

from the 9th of May, 1705, to the 15th of September 

following. 
Naval officer's lists of ships cleared inwards from the 8th of 

May, 1705, to the 12th July following. 
Account of the stores of war in the several forts in 

St. Christopher's &c. 
Account of imports and exports from the 12th Aprill, 1705, 

to the 12th July following. 
Minutes of Assembly of St. Christopher's from the 

18th September, 1704, to the 10th Aprill, 1705. 
Minutes of Councill of all the Leeward Islands from the 23rd May, 

1705, to the 25th June following. 
Minutes of Councill and Assembly of all the Leeward Islands 

from the 7th of December, 1704, to the 18th of August, 

1705. 
Minutes of Assembly of all the Leeward Islands from the 

23rd of May, 1705, to the 25th June following. 
Account of imports and exports from 26th of October, 1704, 

to the 12th of May, 1705. 
Accounts of the companies with their officers, and the number 

of men both horse and foot in Mountserrat, as also of the 

platforms and number of guns thereon. 
Minutes of Councill of Mountserrat from the 14th November, 

1704, to the 16th June, 1705. 
Acts in force past at Mountserrat. 
Acts past at a General Assembly of all the Leeward Islands 

held at Nevis in June, 1705. 
Whereupon their lordships resolved to take the Act for subjecting 
that part of St. Christopher's, which was formerly called the French 
Ground, to the Civil Government, into consideration [vide infra] at 
the first opportunity. 

April 9. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

The accounts of the stores of war in the Islands of Antegoa 
and Nevis (mentioned in yesterday's minutes), were read, and a 
letter to the Board of Ordnance, inclosing copies of the said 
accounts, was signed. 

The Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's, which was Act ahout French 
formerly called the French Ground, to the Civill Government [vide cfhHstophl'rs. 
supra], past there in February, 1704 (mentioned also in yesterday's 



Leeward Islands. 
Account of stores of 

war 

sent to Board of 

Ordnance. 



>46 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 279-281. 



1706. 

Mr Duport sum- 
mon'd thereon. 



minutes), was read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 83, 280] that 
Mr. Stephen Duport have notice to attend the Board to-morrow 
morning. 



Carolina. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with the Lords' address 

about Carolina. 

Letter to Mr. 

Attorney General 

thereupon. 

Bahamas. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with the Lords' address 

about the Bahama 

Islands. 

Letter to Mr. 

Attorney General 

thereupon. 



New York. 

Two Acts under con- 
sideration. 



Representation 
thereon agreed. 

St. Christophers. 

Mr. Duport about 

Act for subjecting the 

French part of the 

island. 



Col. Park sum- 
moned. 



April 10. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. PoUexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant, referring 
to the Board an address from the House of Lords to her Majesty 
relating to Carolina, and desiring to know what method is proper 
to be taken for the releif of her Majesty's subjects there and the 
protecting them in their just rights, was read ; whereupon ordered 
[fo. 298] that the said letter and address be sent to Mr. Attorney 
General for his opinion thereupon in point of law. 

Another letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant 
referring to the Board an address from the House of Lords to her 
Majesty relating to the Bahama Islands, and desiring the Board 
to state the fact and give their opinion what they think fit to be 
done thereupon, was read ; whereupon ordered [jo. 298] that the 
said address and letter be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his 
opinion what may be fittest to be done in law for her Majesty's 
taking the said islands into her own hands, in order to secure the 
same to the Crown, and for recovering the trade of her Majesty's 
subjects in those parts. 

Their lordships took into consideration two Acts past at New 
Yorke, intituled — 

An Act for the better explaining and more effectual putting 
in execution an Act of General Assembly, intituled, an Act 
for settling a ministry and raising a maintenance for them 
in the city of New Yorke, county of Richmond, West Chester 
and Queen's County. 
An Act to inable William Bradford, of the city of New Yorke, 
printer, to sell and dispose of the real estate of John 
Dewdsbury, late of Oyster Bay, in Queen's County, within 
this Colony, deceased, for the payment of debts. 
And agreed a representation [fo. 283], offering that her Majesty 
be pleased to approve and confirm the same. 

Mr. Stephen Duport attending [fo. 279, 308], as directed the 
last minutes, with Colonel Matthews, and being asked several 
questions relating to an Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's 
which was formerly called the French Ground to the Civil Government, 
they said that it was the desire of the whole country that the said 
Act should be passed and confirmed, that they looked upon that 
Act as not in force, because it has not yet been registred for want 
of the seal's being annex'd to it, which the Governor has hitherto 
refused to do, in complyance with some particular persons who 
have large grants in the French part of that island ; whereupon 
their lordships resolved that Colonel Parke be acquainted that 
upon his arrival in the Leeward Islands he cause the said Act to be 
sealed, registered and published, and then transmitted into England 
with his opinion thereupon, and further ordered [jo. 283] that 
Colonel Park be desired to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 



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247 



April 11. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Colonel Quary, dated at Plymouth the 2nd instant 
[fo. 293], relating to the tobacco trade, was read ; whereupon their 
lordships writ a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, acquainting him 
with several inquiries which Colonel Quary in his said letter desires 
to be made in relation to the tobacco that is planted and manu- 
factured in the province of Guelderland and places adjacent ; 
their lordships gave further directions to the secretary for writing 
an answer to Colonel Quary's said letter, inclosing to him the 
memorials lately received from Whitehaven and Leverpool [fo. 2 GO, 
283], relating to convoys for Virginia and Maryland, for his answer 
thereunto ; and further ordered [fo. 297] that a letter be writ to 
Mr. Micajah Perry [fo. 294] to know whether any and what 
quantities of tobacco are shipp'd from England to Portugal and 
Spain. 

A letter from Colonel Yates of Bristol, dated the 6th instant, 
[fo. 226], relating to the time of the convoys sailing for Virginia 
and Maryland, was read. 

A memorial from the merchants of Leverpool relating to convoys 
for Virginia and Maryland [fo. 226] was read, and a copy thereof 
ordered to be sent to Colonel Quary [fo. 282], as above-mentioned. 

Colonel Park attending [fo. 281], the minutes of yesterday relating 
to the Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's, which was 
formerly called the French Ground, to the civil government, was 
communicated to him ; whereupon their lordships gave directions 
for preparing a letter to Colonel Park [fo. 286] in pursuance of the 
said minutes. 

A report from Mr. Attorney General upon Mr. Allen's petition 
[fo. 1 49] relating to an appeal made by his father against judgment 
given in favour of Mr. Waldron in New Hampshire, was read ; 
and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said report- be sent to 
Mr. Allen. 

A representation upon two Acts pass'd at New Yorke [fo. 280, 
310], as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 



1706. 



Virginia. 

Maryland. 

Trade. 

Letter from Col. 

Quary about tobacco 

trade. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges thereupon 

and an answer to 

Col. Quary at 

Plymouth. 

Letter to Mr. Perry 

to know what 

tobacco is exported 

hence to Spain and 

Portugal. 

Letter from Bristoll 
about convoys. 



Memorial from 

Leverpoole to the same 

effect. 

Leeward Islands. 

Col. Park about Act 

of St. Christophers 

concerning the French 

part thereof. 
Letter to Col. Park 
thereupon. 

New Hampshire. 

Mr. A ttonuy 

General's report 

about Mr. Allen's 

appeal. 

New Yorke. 

Represenpation on 
two Acts. 



April 12. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir Gilbert Heathcote attending, an abstract of the Act intituled 
An Act to provide an additional subsistence for her Majesty's officers 
and soldiers, and for other uses [fo. 263, 264, 286], past in Jamaica 
in October last, was read ; whereupon he said that the allowing 
the soldiers five shillings a week in lieu of quarters might be 
prejudicial to the said soldiers, but he did not see how the same 
could be prevented, unless the Assembly could be perswaded to 
build barracks for them, and therefore he moved that their lordships 
would give the Governor directions to press the Assembly again 
upon that matter, which the Board resolved to do. And as for the 
clause which incapacitates all that are not natural born subjects 
of England, Ireland or the islands in America from holding any 
place either civil or military in that island, he said that clause was 
made upon a false report of the Scots being about to receive the 



Jamaica. 

-Sir Gilbert 
Heathcote about Act 
relating to soldiers' 

subsistence. 



248 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 285-287. 



1706. 



Bahamas. 

Mr. Graves about 
slate of the islands. 



Trade. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Fisher, &c., com- 
plaining of their 
effects being seized 

at Dessaw. 
Copy thereof to be 
sent to Mr. Stepney. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Col. Park. 



Jamaica. 

Act about soldiers 

sent to Mr. 
Attorney General. 

Two letters from Col. 
Handasyd. 



Publick papers. 



Extracts of the 
oregoivg letters, die. 
to be sent to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges. 



pretended Prince of Wales, and that if the said Act and particularly 
that clause was not repealed, it would be of great prejudice to 
the island. 

Mr. Graves, late collector of the Bahama Islands, attending, 
and being asked several questions in relation to the said islands, 
he said that there was, when he came away in August or September 
last, seven or eight and twenty families at Providence, and about 
2 or 300 people dispersed in the other islands ; that the fort is not 
demolished, but may be put in a posture of defence with little 
charge ; that there are yet there 26 guns, and but very few of 
them that have been nailed up ; and he promised to bring their 
lordships in writing [fo. 294] an account of the present state of the 
said islands, as also of what he thought necessary for the security 
thereof. 

A memorial from Thomas Fisher, John Fisher, Thomas Allison 
and other merchants of London trading to Germany, complaining 
that great quantities of their effects have been seized at Dessaw, 
upon pretence of greater tolls than ever were required, of which 
there are 30 between Dresden and Hambourg, was read ; and 
they desired that one copy of the said memorial might be sent to 
Mr. Stepney at Vienna, and another copy delivered to the Emperor's 
plenipotentiaries here, that they might endeavour to get some 
redress therein ; whereupon ordered [fo. 289, 291] that the said 
memorial be translated into French to be sent with the said memorial 
to Mr. Secretary Harley. 

A letter to Colonel Park [fo. 283], as directed in yesterday's 
minutes, was signed. 

April 15. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 

Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Ordered that the Act past at Jamaica in October last [fo. 284, 345] 
for providing an additional subsistence for her Majesty's officers and 
soldiers, and. for other uses, be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his 
opinion in point of law, and the same was sent accordingly. 

Two letters from Colonel Handasyd, dated the 14th and 16th of 
February last, and the papers therein referr'd to, were read, and 
are as follows : 

Deposition of Doctor Ogle concerning Captain Allen's speaking 
scandalous words of Colonel Handasyd, as also the Colonel's 
proceedings thereupon, with an account of Captain Allen. 
Copy of a letter from Curacoa to a merchant at Jamaica, 
relating to a fleet of French men-of-war's being expected 
at Martinico, and that their design is against Tobago and 
Jamaica. 
Translation of a Spanish letter taken on board a Spanish 
advice-boat, &c. 
And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph C and F of the 
first letter, relating to French prizes taken, and French men-of-war 
in those parts, and copies of paragraph B, E, F, G of the second 
letter, relating to the preparations of the French, to the want of 
recruits for his regiment — to the behaviour of Captain Allen, com- 
mander of her Majesty's ship the Montague, — and relating to 



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249 



Colonel Handasyd's post in the army, be sent to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, to be laid before her Majesty, together with copies of the 
deposition of Dr. Ogle, and of the letter from Curacoa above- 
mentioned. 

Two letters from Sir Beville Granville, dated the 22nd of October 
and 22nd of January last, were read ; and the papers therein referr'd 
to laid before the Board, and are as follows : 

Naval officers' list of ships entred and cleared from 25th June, 

1705, to 24th September following. 
Naval officers' list of ships from the 25th of September, 1705, 

to the 24th December following. 
Minutes of Councill in Barbados from the 3rd July, 1705, to 

the 20th December following. 
Two Acts past in Barbados in November, 1705. 
And thereupon ordered that an extract of the foresaid letter of 
the 22nd of January, relating to the French naval force in those 
parts, be also sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

A letter from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of the 
Leeward Islands [Jo. 304], relating to the misbehaviour of the 
deputy provost marshall, and to his suspending him thereupon, 
and also relating to the naval force of the French expected in those 
parts, dated the 29th of January last, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that an extract of what relates to the French be also sent 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

And their lordships thereupon signed a letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges, transmitting to him the extracts and papers above- 
mentioned. 

A letter from Mr. Dummer of the 12th instant, giving a journal 
of the course out and home of the King William packet-boat, as 
also an account of the loss of the Barbados packet-boat upon the 
coral shoals of the Island of Hineago, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered [fo. 292] that Mr. Dummer be desired to attend the Board 
to-morrow morning, or as soon as conveniently he can. 

April 16. Present: — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 

Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
An answer to two memorials of the Comte de Gallas and the 
Sieur Vecelly [fo. 104, 275], plenipotentiaries of the Emperor, 
dated the 5th November last and 2nd instant, relating to the 
carrying on of a trade to Turkey through Germany and Hungary, 
was agreed [fo. 292], and ordered to be transcribed and translated 
into French. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley, inclosing the said answer, 
together with copies of the following papers proposed to be sent 
to Mr. Stepney or delivered to the said plenipotentiaries, was 
signed. The said papers are : 

No. 1. An Imperial patent or credential letters whereby the 
Comte de Gallas and Monsieur Vecelly are impowered to 
treat with her Majest}^ about trade &c. 
No. 2. Their memorial to her Majesty [fo. 3] for carrying 
on a trade to Turkey through Germany and Hungary. 



1706. 



Barbados. 

Two letters from Sir 
Bevill Granville. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



Extracts of the above 

letters about naval 

force to be sent to 

Mr. Secretary 

Hedges. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Col. 
Johnson. 



Extract to be sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges with extracts 
(fee, before mentioned. 

Plantations General!. 

Letter from Mr. 

Dummer about course 

of his packet-boat, 

and loss of another. 

Mr. Dummer to attend. 



Trade. 

Answer to two 
memorials of the 
Comte de Gallas 
translated into 
French. 



Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Harley with the said 

answer, 

and the following 

papers. 



250 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 290-292. 



1706. 



No. 3. Letter to Mr. Secretary Harley [jo. 29], with the answer 

of the Commissioners of Trade and Plantations to the fore- 
going memorial of the Emperor's ministers. 
No. 4. The Imperial ministers' reply to the said answer 

[fo. 104]. 
No. 5. Memorial of the Levant Company [fo. 128], in answer 

to the memorial of Monsieur Vecelly &c. 
No. 6. Memorial from the Hambourgh Company [fo. 171] 

about hardships they undergo in their trade in the Emperor's 

territories. 

A translation thereof in French. 
No. 7. Memorial from Sir William Gore [fo. 188], Governor 

of the Hambourgh Company, containing an account of the 

present management of that trade. 
No. 8. Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon a petition of the 

Geneva merchants [fo. 203], complaining of grievances which 

they meet with in that trade. 
No. 9. Memorial from Mr. Burridge [fo. 220] in behalf of several 

merchants of Exeter &c, complaining of the Emperor's 

prohibition of our perpetuanas and serges in Austria. 
No. 10. Memorial from several merchants trading to Germany 

[fo. 285], relating to the tolls upon the Elbe, and to effects 

of theirs seized at Dessaw. 

A translation thereof in French. 
No. 11. Memorial from the Imperial Plenipotentiaries [fo. 275] 

relating to the trade from England to Turkey and to the 

Emperor's hereditary countries. 
No. 12. Answer of the Commissioners of Trade and Plantations 

[fo. 289] to the Imperial Plenipotentiaries' two last memorials. 
A translation thereof in French. 



Miscellanies. 

Incidents. 



Letter to Lord 
Treasurer. 



Plantations General. 

Mr. Dummer about 

loss of the Barbados 

'packet-boat. 



The Secretary's account of petty expences from Christmas, 
1705, to Ladyday, 1706, amounting to .. .. .. 22/. Is. 3d. 

The Stationer's bill for the same time, amounting 

to 22/. 4s. 4d. 

And the Post Officers' bill for the said time, 

amounting to .. .. .. .. .. 18/. Is. 9d. 

were laid before the Board, and a letter to the Lord High Treasurer 
inclosing the said accounts, and desiring his Lordship's order for 
the payment thereof, was signed. 

April 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Dummer attending [fo. 289], and being acquainted with 
what Colonel Handasyd writes in his letter of the 14th of January 
last, relating to the loss of the packet-boat the Barbados, he said 
that that packet-boat was not lost by being over laded ; for all 
those packet boats are of 200 tun burthen, that they cany 150 tun 
ballast, and that he is obliged by his contract to carry no more 
than five tun of goods outwards and ten tun homewards, so that 
the loss of that vessell was not owing to her lading, but to the 
negligence of the seamen. 



K. 292-295.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



251 



Their lordships took into consideration the French translation 
of the answer [fo. 289] agreed the last meeting to the Emperor's 
plenipotentiaries' two last memorials, and ordered the same to be 
transcribed. 



1706. 
Trade. 

Answer to the two 
last memorials of the 
Imperial Ministers. 



April 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 16th instant referring 
to the Board a memorial from Colonel Quary to the Lord High 
Treasurer relating to the tobacco trade, was read ; and the said 
memorial appearing to be verbatim the same as the letter received 
from Colonel Quary [fo. 282], and mentioned in the minutes of the 
11th instant, upon the first part of which their lordships having 
already writ to Mr. Secretary Hedges, they now entred upon the 
consideration of what remained. And as to his first proposal, 
That the English may have the same liberty to send tobacco to 
France directly that the Dutch have, their lordships agreed to 
represent [fo. 296] that tobacco (as well as other commodities 
[fo. 254, 294, 295] of the growth of England and the Plantations, 
except contraband goods, victuals and such other goods as are 
expressly prohibited) may be permitted to be carryed in ships 
belonging to any nation in friendship with her Majesty directly 
from England to France. 

A letter from Sir John Cook, her Majesty's Advocate General, 
in answer to a letter writ him the 19th of the last month [fo. 254, 
293, 295], relating to the carrying of our tobacco and other com- 
modities of the growth of England and the Plantations in neutral 
ships to France, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Micajah Perry in answer to one writ him the 
11th instant [fo. 282], signifying that no tobacco is sent by us to 
Portugal, and but very little to Spain, during this time of war, 
and even that by stealth ; whereas formerly they used to send from 
six to ten thousand hogsheads a year, was read. 

Ordered that the Virginia and Maryland merchants have notice 
[fo. 295] to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

April 19. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, 
Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Graves, late collector in the Bahama Islands [fo. 285, 296], 
presented to their lordships a memorial of the present state of 
those islands, and of what is necessary to be done for the security 
thereof ; also copies of the papers presented by him to the House 
of Lords relating to the said islands, and a copy of a paper signed 
by the inhabitants of Providence, desiring him upon the departure 
of their Governor to take upon him the government. 

Mr. Perry, Mr. Linton, Mr. Hyde and several other Virginia mer- 
chants attending [fo. 252, 294, 296], they were asked several questions 
upon Colonel Quary's letter of the 2nd instant, and particularly 
upon his proposal for sending tobacco to France [fo. 293] ; 
whereupon they said that it would be a considerable advantage 
to the tobacco trade, if we were permitted to do it in neutral ships, 



Virginia. 
Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with memorial from 

Col. Quary about 

tobacco trade. 



Letter from 
Advocate Generall 

about carrying 
tobacco, <Scc, in 

neutral ships to 
France. 

Letter from Mr. 
Perry about sending 

tobacco to 
Portugal and Spain. 



Virginia, and Mary 

land merchants to 

attend. 



Bahamas. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Graves of the present 
state of those isla7ids 



Virginia. 
Trade. 

Mr. Perry and other 
merchants about 
Quary's memorial, 
&c. 



252 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS. [K. 295-298. 



1706. 



Extracts of Col. 

Quary's letter given 

to them. 



Carolina. 
Bahamas. 

Mr. Graves and 

Killigrew with 

estimate of necessaries 

for defence of those 

colonies. 
Account of commodi- 
ties produced. 
Account required of 
what is necessary 
for repairing the fort 
in the Bahamas. 
Virginia. 
Trade. 
Papers relating to the 
tobacco trade under 
consideration. 



New Yorke. 
New Jersey. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
for revoking Col. 
Ingoldesby's commis- 
sion of Lieut. -Gov. 
of New York and 
making him a 
counsellor of New 
Jersey. 
Virginia. 
Maryland. 
Tobacco trade. 
Convoys. 

Draught of repre- 
sentation about 
convoys under 
consideration. 

Col. Nicholson 

summon'd. 

Letter to merchants 

for their answer to 

an extract of one from 

Col. Quary. 

Bahamas. 

Mr. Graves about 

defence of New 

Providence. 



for which end they thought it necessary that her Majesty be pleased 
to direct that her ships of war do not molest neutral ships carrying 
tobacco to France ; that the Commissioners of the Customes do 
permit entries of tobacco in neutral ships to be made directly for 
France, and that a notification of her Majesty's pleasure herein 
be made to the States General, lest their ships of war or privateers 
should molest such neutral ships. Their lordships then gave 
them a copy of this and some other articles in Colonel Quary's 
said letter for their particular answer thereunto in writing [jo. 297], 
which they promis'd to bring on Monday or Tuesday next. 

April 22. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Graves and Mr. William Killigrew attending [fo. 294, 298], 
presented to their lordships an estimate of necessaries for defence 
of Carolina and the Bahama Islands, with an account of the several 
commodities which those colonies do or may produce, which were 
read ; whereupon they were directed to bring their lordships an 
account in writing of what may be necessary for repairing the 
fort in the Bahama Islands, and for putting the same in a state of 
defence, — what materials are to be carryed from England, and 
what may be found there, — what will the charge be to the Queen, 
and what share thereof will the country bear. 

Their lordships took into consideration the several papers lately 
received, relating to the tobacco trade [fo. 295], and gave directions 
[fo. 293, 297] for preparing a representation thereupon. 

April 24. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 22nd instant [fo. 275, 
298], desiring the Board to prepare a warrant for revoking 
Colonel Ingoldsby's commission as Lieutenant Governor of New 
Yorke, and for constituting him a member of her Majesty's Councill 
of New Jersey, was read ; and a letter inclosing the draught of such 
a warrant, was signed. 



A letter from Colonel Quary, dated at Plymouth the 1 6th instant 
[fo. 282, 302], promising an answer to the letter writ him the 11th, 
was read. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a repre- 
sentation relating to convoys for Virginia and Maryland [fo. 296, 
300], and made some progress therein. 

Ordered that Colonel Nicholson be desired to attend the Board 
to-morrow morning [fo. 299] ; and further ordered that the Virginia 
and Maryland merchants be writ to [fo. 295, 301], for their answer 
to the extract of Colonel Quary's letter dated the 19th instant. 

Mr. Graves presented to their lordships a memorial in answer 
to the several heads delivered to him the 22nd instant [Jo. 296], 
relating to the putting of New Providence into a state of defence, 



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253 



which was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to 
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General [fo. 279, 280, 313] for their 
answer to what [was] writ them the 12th instant. 

A letter from Captain Gardner, in answer to one writ him the 
1st instant [jo. 263] upon what Colonel Handasyd says in his letter 
of the 20th of November last relating to the hardships his regiment 
suffers, was laid before the Board. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 4th of February last, 
referring to the Board an extract of a letter from the Lord Cornbury, 
Governor of New Yorke, was read, and appear'd to contain nothing 
but what their lordships had already given directions about. 

A memorial from Mr. Sloper, agent to the Lord Cornbury 
[Jo. 102], in answer to the complaints of the proprietors of the 
western division of New Jersey, was laid before the Board. 

A memorial from the Proprietors of the Eastern division of 
New Jersey, praying that their agent, Mr. Sonmans, may be con- 
stituted one of the Councill of New Jersey, was laid before the 
Board. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th instant [fo. 275], upon 
a representation of the 8th ditto relating to Colonel Ingoldsby's 
commissions to be Lieutenant Governor of New Yorke and New 
Jersey [fo. 297], directing Mr. Secretary Hedges to prepare a warrant 
for revoking his commission for New Yorke, and for admitting him 
one of the Councill of New Jersey according to the said representa- 
tion, was read. 



1706. 

Letter to Mr. 

Attorney and Solicitor 

General. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from 

Capt. Gardner about 

hardships of soldiers. 

New Yorke. 



New Jersey. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Sloper in answer to 

complaints. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Dockwra, dbe., pray- 
ing Mr. Sonmans may 
be made 
a counsellor. 
New York. 
New Jersey. 
Order on representa- 
tion about Col. 
Ingoldsby's commis- 
sion, &c. 



April 25. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Nicholson, late Governor of Virginia, attending, as 
directed [fo. 297], and being asked several questions in relation to 
the Virginia and Maryland convoys [fo. 300], he said that September 
is the proper time for the departure of the said convoys from 
England, and May for their return from thence, that they may 
arrive here time enough to unload and get ready to return again 
in September following. By this means he said there would need 
but one convoy a year, which would every way tend to the advantage 
of that trade in general. 

A letter from Mr. Taylour, referring to the Board by order of the 
Right Honourable the Lord High Treasurer, a letter from his Grace 
the Duke of Ormond and another from the Lords Justices of Ireland, 
relating to Mr. Cromelin's removing from the north of Ireland to 
Kilkenny, for setting up the linen manufacture in the southern 
parts, and for the adding of twelve years to the grant he now has, 
was read, and directions given [fo. 301] for preparing an answer 
thereunto. 

The draught of a letter to Colonel Handasyd [fo. 302], Governor 
of Jamaica, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Their lordships proceeded further in the consideration of the 
draught of a report relating to the Virginia and Maryland convoys 
[fo. 297, 299, 301]. 



Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Col. Nicholson 
about convoys. 



Ireland. 

Letter from the 
Treasury upon one 

from the Duke of 

Ormond about linnen 

manufacture. 



Jamaica. 

Draught of letter to 
the Governor. 



Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Convoys. 



254 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 300-303. 



1706. 



Virginia. 
Maryland. 

Memorial from 

merchants in answer 

to a letter from Col. 

Quary. 

Virginia. 

Maryland. 

Trade. 

Representation rela- 
ting to convoys and 
tobacco trade. 

Ireland. 

Mr. Southwell at 
the Board in relation 

to Mr. Cromelin's 
removing to Kilkenny 
to establish the linnen 

manufacture there. 



Letter to Mr. 
Taylour in answer 
to his on that subject. 

Barbados. 

Order of Councill on 
representation for re- 
pealing an Act. 

Letter to the Governor. 

Jamaica. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letters to the 
Governors. 



April 26. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Blakiston, with several Virginia merchants, attending, 
presented to their lordships a memorial in answer to several 
particulars out of Colonel Quary's letter from Plymouth [fo. 295, 
297] delivered them at the Board the 19th instant, which was 
read. 

Then the representation which their lordships have had some 
time under consideration relating to the Virginia and Maryland 
convoys and to the tobacco trade [fo. 300 ; L. fo. 186], was agreed 
and signed. 

Mr. Southwell attending, and being asked some questions in 
relation to Mr. Cromelin's removing from the North of Ireland to 
Kilkenny [fo. 300, 309], he said that Mr. Cromelin has 200Z. a year 
salary, with a grant of ten years for the same, four of which are 
expired, that for his incouragement to remove to Kilkenny he 
desired to have 2,500Z. in money and that four years might be 
added to his patent, but the paying him that summe not being 
complyed with, he proposed to have 12 years added to his patent 
in lieu of the said 2,500Z. But their lordships observing that the 
Lords Justices of Ireland, in their letter to the Duke of Ormond, 
say that Mr. Cromelin is content to have his patent inlarged to 
12 years, and the Duke of Ormond in his letter to the Lord Treasurer 
says 12 years added to his patent, which difference their lordships 
desired might particularly be explained [fo. 309, 337]. Mr. Southwell 
promised to write to his deputy in Ireland for clearing that matter ; 
whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Taylor, in answer 
to his mentioned in yesterday's minutes, giving him an account 
hereof. 

An Order of Councill of the 4th instant [fo. 254] upon a repre- 
sentation of the 19th of March, repealing An Act past at Barbados 
in 1701, to ratify, approve and confirm Letters Patents, Gifts, Grants 
&c, was read. 

Letters to Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, 
Colonel Hadasyd, Governor of Jamaica, and Colonel Johnson, 
Lieutenant Governor of the Leeward Islands, were signed. 



Virginia. 
Trade. 

Two letters from Col. 
Quary in answer to 
a memorial of Lever- 
pool merchants. 
Extract of the first 
sent to Mr. Linton. 
Letter to Mr. Karcass 
about certificates for 
landing goods in 

foreign parts, 
and to know if there 
be any law against 
exporting tobacco in 

neutral ships. 



April 29. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Two letters from Colonel Quary, in answer to the memorial of 
the Leverpool merchants sent him in the secretary's letter of the 
11th instant [Jo. 282, 297], were read ; and thereupon ordered 
that an extract of the first of the foresaid letters, beginning with 
these words, As to the export of tobacco, and ending with these words, 
in that way, be sent to Mr. Linton for his explanation [fo. 308]. 
And further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Karcass, to desire 
to know what goods they are that require certificates to be returned 
from the Consuls or principal merchants of their having been landed 
in foreign parts ; and whether he knows of any law against the 
exportation of tobacco in neutral ships into an enemy's country. 



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255 



Mrs. Fumese acquainting their lordships that she met with 



1706. 
Plantations General. 

difficulties in obtaining payment for the seals ahe had lately delivered d fJ f 7 c [f t yTnoZtfng 
to this office [I. fo. 377], by reason of a mistake in her petition to payment for seals. 
my Lord Treasurer, wherein she was called executrix instead of 
daughter of Mr. Harris, deceased, and communicated to their lord- 
ships a certificate from the executors of the said Harris disclaiming 
any right to be paid for the said seals, and therefore desired their 
lordships to certify that she had received orders from them to 
prepare the said seals ; whereupon their lordships signed a 
certificate accordingly. 



April 30. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A petition from Mr. John Roop, praying, in consideration of his 
services at Newfoundland, that he may have some further imploy- 
ment given him, was read ; whereupon their lordships agreed to 
do what they could for him the first opportunity that should offer. 

A petition from Mr. John Perry, provost marshall of the Leeward 
Islands, relating to the suspension of his deputy at Antegoa [fo. 288, 
305], was read ; and thereupon ordered that Mr. Perry have notice 
to attend the Board to-morrow morning. 

Two letters to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 306], relating to his govern- 
ments of New Yorke and New Jersey, were agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 



Newfoundland. 

Petition of Mr. 
Hoop praying a con- 
sideration of his 
services. 

Leeward Islands. 

Petition of Mr. 
Perry about the sus- 
pension of hU deputy 
provost marshal. 

New York. 

New Jersey. 

Letters to the Lord 
Cornbury. 



May 1. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollex- 
fen, Mr. Prior. 

A memorial from Mr. Foulerton and Mr. Tryon, agents for 
Mr. Skene, secretary of Barbados [jo. 36, 318], in answer to the 
complaints exhibited here against him by Mr. Guy Ball and others, 
as also the tryal of the said Skene, were read ; and thereupon 
ordered that Mr. Foulerton and Mr. Tryon have notice to attend 
the Board on Fryday next. 

Mr. John Perry, provost marshall of the Leeward Islands, 
attending [fo. 304], and being acquainted with what Colonel Johnson 
writes in his letter of the 29th January last, relating to the suspension 
of the deputy provost marshall of Antego, he said he was sorry 
his deputy had been so ill advised as not to obey the Lieutenant's 
orders, and that he would write to his said deputy that he may 
make his submission to the Governor, which, if he refuse to do, 
he would then nominate another in his place ; whereupon the 
Board agreed to write to Colonel Park that, if the said deputy did 
make his submission accordingly, he might be restored to his place 
again. 

Their lordships took into consideration the Acts past at Nevis 
in 170 1 and March and July, 1705 [fo. 266, vide infra], together 
with Mr. Attorney General's report thereupon, and made a progress 
therein. 

The letters to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 304], agreed at the last 
meeting, were signed. 



Barbados. 

Memorial from Mr. 
Foulerton, &c, in 
behalf of Mr. Skene. 

Mr. Foulerton, &c. 

to attend on Fryday 

next. 

Leeward Islands. 

Mr. Perry at the 
Board about suspen- 
sion of his deputy 
provost marshal of 
Antego. 



Letter to be writ to 
Col. Park thereupon. 



Nevis. 
Acts under con- 
sideration. 



New Yorke. 
New Jersey. 
Letters to Lord 
Cornbury. 



256 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K 306-309. 



1706. 



Nevis. 

Acts considered. 



Representation on 
Acts. 



Leeward Islands. 

Acts under con- 
sideration. 



An Act to be returned 
for amendment. 



Virginia. 
Trade. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Linton in explanation 

of the extract of Col. 

Quary's letter. 



May 2. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the Acts of 
Nevis mentioned in yesterday's minutes [vide supra and fo. 307], 
and agreed that the Act for establishing of Courts and setting due 
methods for the Administration of Justice be returned to the Governor, 
that he may endeavour to get a new Act past conformable to 
Mr. Attorney General's report, and that he be acquainted that, 
unless the Assembly do pass such an Act at their first sitting so 
amended, this Act will be repealed. 

Their lordships further agreed that the Act for the better government 
of negroes and other slaves, the Act to settle and ascertain fees to the 
Cheif Judge and Assistant Justices of that Island, and the Act to 
regulate and settle the militia of this Island do remain as probationary 
Acts till they be further considered. 

That the Act for making Indian Castle a shipping place be sent 
to my Lord Treasurer, with the desire of the Board that they 
may have the opinion of her Majesty's Commissioners of the 
Customes thereupon. 

And their lordships agreed to present An Act for raising an 
Impost on strong liquors imported, and An Act to prevent all accidents 
of fire that may happen by making or throwing of squibbs or other 
fireworks in Charles Town or other the towns of this Island to her 
Majesty for her royal approbation. 

Their lordships further agreed to present the following Acts to 
her Majesty to be repealed, vizt. : An Act to settle and establish 
the Secretary's fees of this Island, and An Act to settle and establish 
the Marshall's fees of this Island, and a representation for laying 
the said Acts before her Majesty accordingly [fo. 306, 334], was 
signed. 

May 3. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the Acts past at a General 
Assembly of all the Leeward Islands, held at Nevis in June, 1705 
[fo. 266], together with Mr. Attorney General's report thereupon, 
which was read [Jo. 83, 208], as also a caveat of Mr. Stephen Duport 
against two of the said Acts ; and thereupon ordered that a letter 
be writ to Mr. Stephen Duport [fo. 309] to attend their lordships 
on Tuesday morning next. In the meantime their lordships agreed 
that the Act to settle General Councills and General Assemblies for 
the Charibbee Islands in America and to secure to each particular 
Island their oum particular Laws and Legal Customes, be returned 
to be amended according to Mr. Attorney General's report. 

Mr. Linton attending according to appointment, presented to the 
Board a memorial [fo. 302] in explanation of the extract of 
Colonel Quary's letter, mentioned in the minutes of the 29th of the 
last month, relating to the oath required at the Custome House 
upon the exportation of tobacco, which was read. 

May 7. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



257 



Mr. Tresillian presented to their lordships a discourse setting 
forth the abuses practised in the taking and curing of pilchards, 
and giving the reason for the decay of that trade, as also proposing 
a remedy for the cure thereof, part whereof was read ; and their 
lordships resolv'd [fo. 311] to proceed upon the remainder to-morrow 
morning. 

Mr. Stephen Duport attending in relation to the Acts past at a 
General Assembly of all the Leeward Islands held at Nevis in June, 
1705 [fo. 308, 311], he said that he had objections to two of the said 
Acts, and promised to bring a memorial thereupon in writing. 

A letter from Mr. Southwell of the 6th instant, signifying that 
his Grace the Duke of Ormonde desires that Mr. Cromelin's patent 
for promoting the linen manufacture in Ireland [fo. 301, 337], may 
be inlarged for 12 years more after the expiration of the term of 
his present patent, was read ; whereupon their lordships signed a 
letter to the Lord High Treasurer upon the proposals relating to 
that manufacture referr'd by his lordship to this Board and men- 
tioned in the minutes of the 25th of the last month. 

An Order of Councill of the 2nd instant, transmitting to this 
Board an account of goods, bullion &c, exported from the Port of 
London by the united trade of the East India Company, between 
Aprill, 1705, and Aprill, 1706, was read. 

A copy of an Order of Councill of the 4th of Aprill, 1706 [fo. 254] 
upon a representation of the 19th of March last, on the petition 
of the General Assembly of Bermuda against Mr. Jones, secretary 
and provost marshall of that island, approving the said repre- 
sentation, was read. 

A copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th of Aprill, 1706 [fo. 283], 
upon a representation of the same date, for confirming two Acts 
of New Yorke, approving the same, was read. 



1706. 
Trade. 

Discourse relating to 
the pilcliard fisltery. 



Leeward Islands. 

Mr. Duport about 
Acts. 



Ireland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Southwell about Mr. 

Cromelin' s patent 
linnen manufacture. 

Letter to the Lord 
Treasurer thereupon. 



Trade. 

Order of Council 

with account of 

bullion, goods, &c, 

exported to East 

India. 
Bermuda. 
Order of Councill on 
representation upon 
the petition of the 
Assembly against 

Jones. 

New Yorke. 

Order on representa- 
tion for confirming 
two Acts. 



May 8. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Du Port, desiring to have copies of two Acts past at a General 
Assembly of all the Leeward Islands at Nevis in June, 1 705 [fo. 309], 
viz. : An Act to settle General Councills and General Assemblies for 
the Leeward Charibbee Islands in America, and to secure to each 
particular Island their oivn particular laivs and legal customes, and 
An Act for establishing Courts and settling due methods for the adminis- 
tration of justice throughout all her Majesty's Leeward Islands in 
America, together with Mr. Attorney General's report thereupon, 
in order to the drawing up of his objections thereunto ; ordered 
that copies be given him accordingly. 

Their lordships went through the reading of Mr. Tresillian's 
treatise [fo. 309, 312] relating to the pilchard fishery, mention 'd 
in yesterday's minutes, and resolved to consider the same at a 
convenient opportunity. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance inclosing to them the account 
received from the Lord Cornbury of stores of war expended at New 
Yorke since his lordship's arrival in that government, and referr'd 
to [fo. 124] in his letter of the 8th of July last, was signed. 

Wt. 16557. R 



Leeward Islands. 

Mr. Du Port for 
copies of two Acts. 



Trade. 

Mr. Tressilian's 
treatise relating to 
the pilchard fishery. 

New Yorke. 

Account sent to Board 

of Ordnance of stores 

expended there. 



258 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 312-315. 



1706. 



Trade. 

Mr. Tresillian about 
pilchard fishery. 



Bahamas. 

Report from Attorney 
and Solicitor General 
upon address of House 

of Lords. 
Representation to be 
prepared thereupon. 



Carolina. 

Report of Attorney 

and Sollicitor General 

upon address of House 

of Lords. 

Representation to be 
prepared. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Col. 

Johnson with account 

of the attempts of the 

French. 



Letter from President 
and Councill of Nevis 
on the same occasion 
and complaining of 
arms sent from the 
Tower, 



and desiring great guns. 

Letter to be prepared 

to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges thereon. 



May 20. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Tresillian attending, their lordships returned to him his 
treatise [jo. 311] relating to the abuses practised in the taking and 
curing pilchards, and the decay of that trade &c. (mentioned in 
the minutes of the 8th instant), who was advised to communicate 
the same to the members of Parliament and other gentlemen of 
Cornwall for their approbation. 

May 21. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen. 

A report of Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General in answer to 
the letter writ them the 12th of the last month [Jo. 280, 298, 352] 
upon an address of the House of Lords to her Majesty relating to 
the Bahama Islands, was read; and thereupon ordered [Jo. 316] 
that a representation be prepared concurring with the said report, 
and proposing that at such time as her Majesty's other affairs 
shall permit she be pleased to send a Governor to the Bahama's with 
a sufficient force for the security of the said islands and the pro- 
tection of her subjects there. 

Another report from Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General 
in answer to the letter writ them the 12th of the last month [fo. 279, 
298, 352] upon an address of the House of Lords to her Majesty 
relating to Carolina, was read ; and their lordships likewise agreeing 
with Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General in their opinion, 
ordered [fo. 315] that a representation be prepared accordingly. 

May 22. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Colonel Johnson, Commander-in-Chief of the 
Leeward Islands, dated at Antego the 13th of March last, giving 
an account of the attempts of the French in February last upon 
the Islands of Nevis and St. Christopher's, as also sending a list of the 
present Councill of Antego, was read. 

A letter from the President, Councill and Assembly of Nevis, 
dated the 12th of March last upon the same occasion and com- 
plaining of the badness of the musquets received from the Tower, 
and of the weakness of the companies of soldiers there, and 
the method practised by the officers there of inlisting the poor 
men and servants, and inclosing a journal of the proceedings of 
the French in their said attempt, with a petition to her Majesty 
thereupon, praying for a recruit of great guns, was read, and 
directions given [fo. 315] for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges for laying the said complaints and address before her 
Majesty. 



May 23. Present :— Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 

Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Leeward Islands. The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing an 

L Hedge^'th7x7rac? extract of the letter from the President, Councill and Assembly 

of a letter from Presi- of Nevis [fo. 314] and their address to her Majesty, upon occasion 

dent and Council of f the late invasion of the French, as directed in yesterday's minutes, 

Nevis about the late „„„ ■_ j 
invasion of the French. was sl g ne( l- 



K. 315-318.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



259 



A letter from Mr. Dummer of the 21st instant, giving an account 
of the proceedings out and home of the Prince George packet-boat, 
as also inclosing a journal of what passed at St. Christopher's 
during the stay of the French there, was read. 



The draught of a representation upon Mr. Secretary Hedges's 
letter of the 3rd of the last month [fo. 313, 316], referring to this 
Board an address of the House of Lords to her Majesty relating 
to Carolina, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

May 24. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 

wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A representation upon the address of the House of Lords relating 
to Carolina [fo. 315, 334], as agreed the last meeting, was signed. 

A representation upon an address of the House of Lords relating 
to the Bahama Islands [fo. 313, 331, 352], together with a letter 
inclosing both the said representations to Mr. Secretary Hedges, 
were also signed and sent. 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 20th instant, referring 
to this Board the extract of a letter from Mr. Whitworth [Jo. 326], 
her Majesty's Envoy in Muscovy, concerning the trade of that 
nation with England in their own ships, together with a memorial 
of the Czar's minister upon that subject, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered that a copy of the said extract and memorial be sent to 
Mr. Lowndes, and that he be desired to move the Right Honourable 
the Lord High Treasurer that the Board may have the opinion of the 
Commissioners of her Majesty's Customes thereupon [fo. 352], and 
further ordered that another copy of the said papers be sent to the 
Russia Company [fo. 325] for their observation thereupon in writing 
on Tuesday morning next. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston, signifying that by reason of a dispute 
depending between the company of soliders at Newfoundland 
and the Lord Paston's regiment, there was no cloathing provided 
for the said company, and further desiring a letter to the Admiralty 
that he may have an order to the Captain of the man-of-war now 
bound to Newfoundland to take on board a chest of medicines, 
together with shoes and stockins, prepared for the said company, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet 
accordingly. And their lordships taking into consideration the 
necessity of sending cloathing to the said company by the men of 
war now bound thither, by reason that there will be no other oppor- 
tunity of sending thither this year, a letter was immediately writ 
and signed to Mr. Secretary Hedges thereupon. 



1706. 
Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 
Dummer with pro- 
ceedings of the Prince 
packet boat, and 
journal while the 
French were at 
St. Christophers. 
Carolina. 
Representation upon 
address of House of 
Lords. 



Carolina. 

Representation upon 

address of House of 

Lords. 

Bahama Islands. 

Representation upon 
address of House of 

Lords. 
Letter therewith to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges 
and that about 
Carolina. 
Trade. 
Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Harley 
with extract of a 
letter from Mr. Whit- 
worth relating to trade 
from, Russia, with 
memorial from the 
Czar's Ministers. 

Letter to Mr. 

Lowndes for the 

opinion of the 

Commissioners of the 

Customes thereon. 

And to the Russia 

Company for their 

observations. 

Newfoundland. 

Mr. Thurston about 

sending necessaries 

for the com[p]any of 

soldiers. 



Letter to Mr. 
Burchet thereon. 



Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about clothing 
for the said soldiers. 



May 27. Present 
Mr. Pollexfen. 



-Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 



260 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 318-320. 



1706. 
St. Christophers. 

Letter from Col. 

Hamilton with 
journal of his pro- 
ceedings against the 

French on their 
descent. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Tryon and 

Foulerton in behalf 

of Mr. Skene. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Col. 
Johnson. 

Papers therein 
referred to. 



Nevis. 
Letter from Mr. 
Cherret, deputy 

secretary. 

Papers therein 

referr'd to. 



Jamaica. 

Letter from Col. 

Handasyd. 

(N.B. The Board were 

informed that the 

Secretary of State 

has_the like letter.) 



A letter from Colonel Hamilton, Lieutenant-Governor of 
St. Christopher's, dated the 15th of March, 170£, together with a 
journal of his proceedings against the French at the time of their 
descent on that Island, was read. 



Mr. Tryon and Mr. Foulerton, agents for Mr. Skene, secretary of 
Barbados, attending [fo. 305], their memorial (mentioned in the 
minutes of the 1st instant), in answer to the complaints here against 
the said Skene, was again read ; whereupon they were acquainted 
that their lordships had not sufficient matter before them to report 
to her Majesty till Mr. Skene had returned his answer to the said 
complaints in writing [fo. 380], pursuant to the Orders in Councill 
directing the same, mentioned in the minutes of the 27th July and 
29th August last. 

A letter from Colonel Johnson, Commander-in-Cheif of the 

Leeward Islands, dated the 13th of March last, was read, and the 

papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows : 

Certificates of the Commissioners of the Revenue and the 

Councills and Assemblies of Nevis and Antegoa, certifying 

that Colonel Johnson has had no salary, gift or present since 

his commanding-in-chief those islands. 

Account of the publick money received and issued in the 

Island of Nevis from September, 1704, to September, 1705. 
Account of Ordnance stores in the Island of Nevis, taken in 
pursuance of her Majesty's order of the 22nd February, 
170f. 
Imports and exports to and from the Island of Nevis from 

the 12th July, 1705, to the 29th September, 1705. 
Imports and exports to and from the Island of Nevis from the 
29th September to the 25th of December, 1705. 
A letter from Mr. Cherret, deputy secretary of Nevis, dated 
March the 1 4th, 1 70|, was read, and the papers therewith transmitted 
laid before the Board, and are as follows : 

Account of Ordnance stores in the Island of Antegoa. 

The Treasurer's account of stores of war received by order 

of Colonel Mathews for the use of the Island of Antegoa. 
Account of gunpowder received for tonnage of vessells in the 
Leeward Islands, and of the quantities delivered out for 
the use of the said islands from the 14th of March, 1700, 
to the 23rd November, 1705. 
Mr. Penny's account of her Majesty's revenue from the 11th of 

September, 1704, to the 29th of September, 1705. 
Abstract of Mr. Gamble's account of her Majesty's revenue 

from the 11th of April!, 1702, to the 18th November, 1705. 
Naval officers' list of ships from the 25th of June, 1705, to 

the 25th of December following. 
Book entituled Laws of Antegoa. 
A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated 
the 1st of Aprill last, was read, and the papers referr'd to therein 
laid before the Board, viz. : 



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261 



Copy of Mr. Daniel's bond for 1,000?. for returning the stores 

of war borrowed by him for Carolina. 
Copy of two letters from Colonel Handasyd to the Governor 
of Carthagena, inviting him to declare for King Charles 
the Third. 
Present strength of the soldiery in Jamaica. 
Account of Ordnance stores issued for the service of the island, 

and of what is remaining &c. 
Minutes of Councill of Jamaica from the 20th of January, 
I70f, to the 27th of March following. 
A letter from Lieutenant Moody, praying their lordships to 
certify that he has cleared himself from the complaints made 
against him &c, was read ; whereupon ordered [fo. 267] that a 
copy of their lordships' letter of the 3rd of Aprill last, relating 
to the said complaints, be given him accordingly. 



1706. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter fron Lieut. 
Moody about com- 
plaints against him. 



May 28. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 

wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
The Secretary acquainted the Board that having met 
Mr. Musgrave and Mr. Bridges, they told him that the Board of 
Ordnance had received from Colonel Handasyd the accounts of 
stores of warr mentioned in Colonel Handasj T d's letter, which was 
read yesterday, to have been sent them ; whereupon their lordships 
writ a letter to the Board of Ordnance [fo. 333], desiring to know 
what has been or what can be done upon the bond given by Robert 
Daniel, of Carolina, for the return of stores of war borrowed by 
him at Jamaica, mentioned also in Colonel Handasyd's foresaid 
letter. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, dated 
the 4th of March last, was read, and seven Acts pass'd in January 
and February last therein referr'd to, were laid before the Board. 

A letter from Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, 
dated the 31st of March, 1705, was read, and the papers therein 
referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

Duplicates of the opinions of the Councill of Bermuda relating 

to Mr. Jones's demands. 
Duplicate of the copy of Mr. Jones's paper of complaints with 

Colonel Bennet's answer thereto. 
Duplicate of Mr. Charles Minor's observations on the behaviour 
of Mr. Edward Jones since his last coming into Bermuda, 
with a list of the records &c, delivered to his custody. 
Duplicates of the proceedings relating to Mr. Jones since his 
arrival in Bermuda. 
Another letter from Colonel Bennet, dated the 29th of June, 
1705, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to are as follows, 
vizt. : 

Report of the Councill of Bermuda upon the matters com- 
plained of by Mr. Edward Jones. 
Account of the tobacco made in Bermuda in the year 1704, 
and what is likely to be made in 1705, given in by the several 
Justices of the Peace of that island. 



Jamaica. 

Accounts of stores 
of war. 



Carolina. 

Letter to Board of 
Ordnance about stores 

of war borrowed by 

Robert Daniel of Col. 

Handasyd. 



Barbados. 

Letter from the 

Governor with seven 

Acts. 

Bermuda. 

Letter from Colonel 

Bennet. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



Another letter from 
Col. Bennet. 



Papers therein 
reftrr'd to. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 323-326. 



1706. 



Bermuda. 

Letter from, Col. 
Bennet. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about a day 

of thanksgiving. 



Barbados. 
Jamaica. 
Bermuda. 

Letters to the 

Governors. 

Barbados. 

Sir John Stanley 

about counsellors. 



Representation to be 
prepared. 

Trade. 

Russia Company 

about Muscovy ships 

trading to England. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

about a day of 

thanksgiving. 



The C'ouncill of Bermudas' opinions relating to the magazine 

ship and to planting tobacco. 
Collector's account of tobacco exported from Bermuda during 

Colonel Bennet's government. 
Nine Acts passed in Bermuda the 3rd of July, 1705. 

May 29. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 

wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Letter from Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, 
dated the 9th of October, 1705, was read, and the papers therein 
referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

A remonstrance of the judges of assize in Bermuda, relating 

to Mr. Jones's pretensions to be clerk of assize there. 
Copy of the commissions granted formerly and now to the 

judges in the Island of Bermuda. 
Naval officers list of ships entered and cleared in Bermuda 
from the 13th of June, 1701, to the 19th of September, 
1705. 
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 326], desiring to know her 
Majesty's pleasure about a day of thanksgiving to be appointed 
in the Plantations for the great successes of her Majesty's arms 
in Flanders, was signed. 

May 30. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 

wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Letters to the Governors of Bermuda, Jamaica and Barbados, 
were signed. 



Sir John Stanley attending, acquainted their lordships that 
Sir Beville Granville had not yet received her Majesty's pleasure 
in relation to the four suspended Counsellors [fo. 27 &c], three of 
which are now dead, and only Colonel Lillington remaining, and 
desired that their lordships would offer those that have already 
been put in by Sir Beville Granville to be confirmed by her Majesty, 
there being at present vacancies in that Councill ; whereupon 
ordered [fo. 326] that a representation be drawn up accordingly. 

Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, Deputy Governor, with several members 
of the Russia Company, attending, acquainted their lordships that 
they had received the letter writ them the 24th instant [fo. 317], 
with the papers therein referr'd to, relating to the permitting 
of Muscovy ships to come into England, and that they had con- 
sidered the same, and believed that such a permission would prove 
very detrimental to the trade of England, but they did not see 
how it could be prevented ; however they promised [Jo. 330] to give 
their reasons more fully in writing some time the next week. 

May 31. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to one writ him 
the 29th instant [fo. 324] signifying her Majesty's pleasure that a 
day of thanksgiving be observed in the Plantations, was read ; 



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and letters to all her Majesty's Governors and to the Proprietary 
and Charter Governments in America, directing the same, were 
signed. 

A memorial from Sir John Stanley, one of the agents for the 
Island of Barbados, praying that the counsellors admitted by 
Sir Beville Granville into the Councill of that island may be con- 
firmed by her Majesty, was read ; and thereupon a representation 
for confirming Abel Allein, William Cleland, James Colleton and 
Middleton Chamberlain, of the Councill of Barbados [fo. 325], as 
directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the extract of 
Mr. Whitworth's letter [fo. 316], relating to Russia ships trading 
to England (and mentioned in the minutes of the 24th instant), 
and made a progress therein. 

June 3. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 

wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of New England, to the 
Board, dated the 1st of February last, was read ; and thereupon 
ordered [L. fo. 100] that paragraphs D and E, relating to drift 
whales and Admiralty's right thereunto, be sent to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges for his information [fo. 329], and for such directions as shall 
be thought fit to be given thereupon ; and further ordered that 
copy of paragraph G, relating to the attacking the French in Canada, 
be sent also to him, to be laid before her Majesty. The papers 
referr'd to in the foregoing letter were laid before the Board, and 
are as follows, vizt. : 

Articles offered to Monsieur Vaudreville by Colonel Dudley 

for exchange of prisoners. 
Copy of a treaty offered by Monsieur Vaudreville, Governor of 
Canada, to Colonel Dudley, concerning the exchange of 
prisoners. 
Proclamation appointing a day of thanksgiving for the success 
of her Majesty's arms in the Spanish Netherlands. 

June 4. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from several gentlemen imployed in the providing masts 
for the Royal Navy, to the Board, dated at Berwick in the province 
of Maine the 15th of February last, in favour of Colonel Dudley, 
Governor of the Massachusets Bay, was read. 

Another letter from several gentlemen of the Church of England 
at Boston, to the Board, dated the 4th of February last, in favour 
of Captain Povey, Lieutenant Governor of the Massachusets Bay, 
was read. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the extracts of 
Colonel Dudley's letter [fo. 327], as directed in yesterday's minutes, 
was signed. 

Then their lordships took into consideration the Acts past at 
Barbados in September, October, November and December, 1704, 
and in January, 170f [vide infra], and read the same, and gave 
directions for preparing a representation thereupon. 



1706. 

Circular letters 
thereupon. 



Barbados. 

Memorial from Sir 
J. Stanley about 
confirmation of 
counsellors. 
Representation there- 
upon. 



Trade 

to England in Russia 
ships. 



New England. 

Letter from Col. 
Dudley. 

Extracts sent to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 
relating to drift whales 

and attacking the 
French in Canada. 



Papers referr'd to in 
the foregoing letter. 



Massachusets. 

Letter from gentlemen 
imployed in provi- 
ding masts in favour 
of Col. Dudley. 

Another from gentle- 
men at Boston in 
favour of Capt. 
Povey. 

Letter to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
with extracts of one 
from Col. Dudley. 

Barbados. 

Acts considered. 

Representation to be 
prepared. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 829-332. 



1706. 



Barbados. 

Acts read and con- 
sidered. 



Plantations General. 

Letter to Mr. 

Savage for account of 

Naval stores imported 

last year, and of 

blubber, oyle or fins 

from 

New England. 



Barbados. 

Acts considered. 



Representation to be 
prepared thereupon. 

Trade. 

Letter from Governor 

of the Russia Com- 
pany about Muscovite 
ships trading to 
England. 



Answer. 



June 5. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the Acts of Barbados 
and read those past there in February and March, 170f [vide supra 
and/o. 330], and began to read those past in June, July and August, 
1705, and resolved to proceed thereon to-morrow morning. 

Order 'd that a letter be writ to Mr. Savage, secretary to ye 
Commissioners of the Customes [fo. 332], to know what naval stores 
have been imported from the Plantations the last year, as likewise 
what quantity of whale blubber, oyle or fins has been imported 
from New England the two last years. 

June 6. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again went on with the consideration of the 
Barbados Acts [fo. 329, 332], and read those past in June, July, 
August and November, 1 705, and those past in January and February 
170£, and gave directions for preparing a representation thereupon 
to be laid before the Board to-morrow morning. 

A letter from Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, Governor of the Russia 
Company, in answer to a letter writ him the 24th of the last month 
[fo. 325], relating to Muscovite ships trading to England, and 
desiring their lordships to offer their opinion that, according to the 
constitution of the English Government, the Muscovy Company 
cannot be deprived of that trade but by Act of Parliament, was 
read ; and their lordships, not apprehending that the subjects 
of the Czar of Muscovy are excluded from the trade of England, 
provided they conform themselves to the Acts of Parliament relating 
to foreigners, ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, 
to acquaint him with the Board's opinion herein, and that, if the 
company will bring to the Board Mr. Attorney General's opinion 
upon the perusal of their charter [fo. 339], their lordships will 
represent the same to her Majesty accordingly. 



Trade. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
directing the project 
of a treaty of com- 
merce to be prepared 

with Venice. 

Merchants concerned 

to give their proposals 

in writing. 

Bahamas. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

upon a representation 

about fortifying those 

islands. 

Barbados. 

Representation on 
Acts. 



June 7. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of yesterday's date, signifying 
her Majesty's pleasure that the Board prepare a project of a treaty 
of commerce with the Republick of Venice, was read ; and there- 
upon ordered that the merchants concerned in that trade be desired 
to give the Board such observations and proposalls in writing 
[fo. 47, 333] as they may have to offer upon this occasion. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 6th instant, upon a 
representation of the 24th of the last month [fo 316, 332], directing 
the Board to prepare a scheme for the fortifying and defending the 
Bahama Islands, was read ; and their lordships agreed to take 
the same into consideration at their next meeting. 

A representation upon the Acts past in Barbados from the 17th of 



November, 1701, 
was signed. 



to the 21st of March, 170| [fo. 330, 356, 357], 



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265 



June 1 1 . Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Savage, secretary to the Commissioners of the 
Customes, in answer to one writ him the 5th instant {Jo. 329], 
inclosing an account of naval stores imported from the Plantations 
from the 25th of December, 1704, to the 25th of December, 1705, 
as also an account of whale firms and oyle imported from New England, 
from the 25th of December, 1703, to the 25th of December last, 
was read. 

Their lordships taking into consideration Mr. Secretary Hedges's 
letter mentioned in the last minutes relating to the Bahama Islands 
[jo. 331], ordered that Mr. John Graves have notice to attend the 
Board [fo. 335] on Thursday morning. 

Their lordships then entred into the consideration of a collection of 
laws in force in New Hampshire [fo. 359], and read several of the 
said laws, together with Mr. Attorney General's report thereupon, 
and gave notes for preparing a representation upon the whole, 
so soon as their lordships shall have gone through the said 
collection. 

Mr. Jamineau and Mr. Wall attending in behalf of the rest of 
the Venetian merchants [fo. 331, 341], presented to their lordships 
a memorial, containing several articles propos'd by them for the 
remedying the hardships they lye under in their trade at Venice, 
was read ; and their lordships agreed to consider the same at their 
next meeting. 

June 13. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from the principal officers of her Majesty's Ordnance 
of the 11th instant, in answer to one writ them the 28th of the last 
month [Jo. 321], signifying their having writ to Colonel Handasyd, 
Governor of Jamaica, for putting in execution the bond of one 
thousand pounds given him by Mr. Robert Daniel for return of 
stores borrowed for the use of Carolina by the said Mr. Daniel, 
if he do not comply therewith, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 2nd of May, 1706 [fo. 307], 
upon a representation of the same day for repealing two Acts past 

at Nevis the approving the said representation, was 

read. 

Copy of another Order of Councill of the same date [Jo. 307] 
upon the same representation for confirming two Acts past at 
Nevis in 1704 and 1705, approving the same, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 10th instant [fo. 316], upon 
a representation of the 24th of the last month, for repealing two 
laws past in Carolina, approving the same, and directing the Lords 
Proprietors to declare the said laws null and voyd accordingly, 
was read. 

Copy of another Order of Councill upon a representation of 
the same date [fo. 316], directing Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor 
General to report to her Majesty what may be most necessary for 
proceeding against the charters of Carolina by way of Quo 
Warranto, was read. 



1706. 



Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Savage about naval 

stores and whale finns 

and oyle imported 

from 

New England. 



Bahamas. 

Defence of those 

islands. 

Mr. Graves to attend. 

New Hampshire. 

Acts considered. 



Trade. 

Memorial from 
Venetian merchants. 



Jamaica. 
Letter from Board 
of Ordnance about a 
bond for stores bor- 
rowed of Col. 
Handasyd for 
Carolina. 



Nevis. 

Copy of an Order of 
Council on repre- 
sentation for repealing 
two Acts. 

Copy of another 

order on the same 

representation for 

confirming two Acts. 

Carolina. 

Copy of an order on 
a representation for 
repealing two laws. 



Copy of an Order of 
Councill about pro- 
ceeding against the 
Charters by Quo 
Warranto. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 335-337. 



1706. 

Mr. Graves at the 

Board about state 

of the 

Bahama Islands. 



Plantations General. 

Mr. Bridger with copy 

of his commission 

for Surveyor General 

of the Woods. 

Circular letters in 

his favour delivered 

to him. 



Bahama Islands. 

Answer to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges's 
letter about security 

of those islands. 

Newfoundland. 

Mr. Jackson. 
Certificate of his good 
behaviour. 



Ireland. 

Letter from Mr. 
Southwell with 
explanation of the 
Lords Justices' 1 pro- 
posal for inlarging 
the term of Mr. 
Cromelin's patent 
about the linnen manu- 
facture. 



Letter to the Lord 
Treasurer thereupon. 



Mr. Graves attending, and being ask'd several questions in 
relation to the Bahama Islands [fo. 332. 336], he said that when 
he came away in December last there was about 27 families 
remaining on the Island of Providence and about 4 or 500 inhabitants 
scattered in the other islands ; that they have about 14 sloops 
at Providence ; that if one hundred soldiers with officers were 
sent there with the stores and provisions mentioned in his memorial 
presented to their lordships the 14th of Aprill last, he did not doubt 
but that in a little time, with the assistance of the inhabitants who 
may be all summoned to Providence, they would be able to defend 
themselves against the Spaniards ; and that, till the fort could be 
repaired and houses built, he propos'd to build hutts in two or three 
days' time sufficient to lodge the said soldiers and inhabitants 
secure from all weather. 

Mr. Bridger attending, presented to the Board a copy of his 
commission [fo. 123, 197], constituting him Surveyor General of 
the Woods on the Continent of America &c, and at the same time 
acquainted their lordships that he was now upon his departure 
for those parts ; whereupon ordered that the circular letters to 
her Majesty's Governors (mentioned in the minutes of the 4th of 
February last) [fo. 197], directing them to give him all due 
incouragement in that undertaking, and to transmit hither from 
time to time accounts of Mr. Bridger's proceedings in relation to 
naval stores, be delivered to him, which was done accordingly. 

June 1 4. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

The letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges relating to the fortifying 
and securing the Bahama Islands [fo. 335], mentioned in the minutes 
of the 7th instant, was again read ; and an answer [fo. 337, 352] 
thereunto agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

Mr. John Jackson, late minister of St. John's Harbour in New- 
foundland, attending, and praying a certificate of his good behaviour 
in the execution of his holy office [fo. 258, his answer to complaints], 
during the space of five years in the said harbour, that he may meet 
with such incouragement as may be a support to himself and family ; 
ordered that the secretary do give him such a certificate accordingly. 

June 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Southwell, signifying that he had received an 
explanation from the Lords Justices of Ireland of their proposal 
[fo. 301, 310] concerning the inlargement of the terme of 
Mr. Cromelin's patent for setting up the linnen manufacture in 
Ireland, vizt., that their intention was only to add six years more 
to the term of the present patent ; but, in regard he has now lost 
this year's season for planting flax, and cannot presently remove 
to the South of Ireland, as is proposed, they desire there may be 
another year added thereunto, so that he may have twelve years 
in his patent from Lady day next, was read ; whereupon a letter 
was immediatly writ to the Lord High Treasurer, signifying the 
desire of the Lords Justices of Ireland in this matter, and the Board's 
concurrence therewith. 



K. 337-340.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



267 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 336], in answer to his of the 
6th instant, inclosing a scheme for the fortifying and defending 
the Bahama Islands, was sign'd. 



A letter from Mr. John Evans, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, 
dated the 19th January, 170f [fo. 353], relating chiefly to two 
Acts lately passed in that province, vizt. : An Act directing the 
qualifications of all magistrates and officers, also the manner of giving 
evidence, and An Act for the better proportioning the rates of money &c, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the first of the said 
Acts, with an extract of Mr. Evans's letter relating thereunto, be 
sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion thereupon [fo. 354] 
in point of law. The papers referr'd to in the foresaid letter were 
laid before the Board and are as follows, vizt. : 

Minutes of Councill of the 9th of January, 170f, upon a con- 
ference between that Board and the Assembly, relating to 
the administering of oaths in judicial affairs. 
Address of the Assembly to the Deputy Governor upon the 

same subject. 
An Act directing the qualifications of all magistrates and 

officers, also the manner of giving evidence. 
An Act for the better proportioning the rates of money in 
payments made upon contracts according to the former 
regulation. 
Ordered that the book of Maryland laws past there in 1705 
[L. fo. 27], be sent to Mr. Sollicitor General for his opinion thereupon 
in point of law. 

June 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, Governor of the Russia 
Company [fo. 331], in answer to one writ him the 6th instant, 
signifying that the Company did not think it adviseable to apply 
to Mr. Attorney General in relation to the permitting of Muscovite 
ships to come to England lest the Czar should hear that they insist 
upon the priviledge granted them solely of trading to Russia, was 
read ; whereupon their lordships gave directions [Jo. 341] for 
preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley, in answer to his of the 
20th of May upon that subject. 

An Order of Councill of the 10th instant, upon a report from 
the Lords of the Committee for hearing of appeals, on the petition 
of Sir Henry Ashhurst, complaining of a decree made by Com- 
missioners in favour of the Mohegan Indians against the Govern- 
ment of Connecticut [fo. 183, 343], reversing that part of the decree 
which relates to costs, directing a Commission of Review to be 
prepared, and naming the Lord Cornbury to be one of the Com- 
missioners, and referring of it to this Board to propose to her Majesty 
such persons as they shall judge necessary to be inserted in the 
said commission, as also prepare minutes to be sent to Mr. Attorney 
General for his instructions in drawing the same, as also to consider 
of the petition of the agent of the said Mohegans, praying that the 



1706. 
Bahama Islands. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with a scheme for 

defending those 

islands. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Mr. 
Evans. 



Letter to Mr. 
Attorney General 
with an Act, <Scc. 



Papers referr'd to in 
Mr. Evans's fore- 
going letter. 



Maryland. 

Book of laws sent to 

Mr. Sollicitor 

Generall. 



Trade. 

Letter from Governor 

of Russia Company 

about Muscovite 

ships trading to 

England. 

Letter to Mr. 

Secretary Harley 

to be prepared 

thereupon. 

Connecticut. 

Order of Council 
upon a report from 
Committee of Ap- 
peals relating to the 
Mohegan Indians. 



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JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 340-343. 



1706. 

Heads of a repre- 
sentation thereupon 
agreed. 



Plantations General. 

Order of Councill 
upon a petition of 
several gentlemen 
about consumption 
of English manu- 
factures in the Plan- 
tations. 



said commission may be executed in Connecticut without any 
charge to the Indians, was read ; and their lordships agreed [fo. 344] 
to offer that all the Councill of New Yorke be inserted as Com- 
missioners in the said commission, and that her Majesty be pleased 
to give directions that the said commission be executed in 
Connecticut without any charge to the Indians. 

An Order of Councill of the 10th instant upon the petition and 
proposal of Richard Butler, William Ashton, Henry Pacy and 
others, for an annual consumption of English woollen manufactures 
in the Plantations, was read ; and their lordships resolved [Jo. 348] 
to take the same into consideration at the first opportunity. 



Trade. 

Second memorial 
from the Venetian 

merchants about 

grievances in their 

trade. 

Draught of letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

relating to treaty of 

commerce with 

Venice. 

Venetian merchants 

to attend. 

Draught of letter to 
Mr. Secretary Harley 
relating to Musco- 
vites trading to 
England in their own 
ships. 



June 20. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexf en, 
Mr. Prior. 

A second memorial from the Venetian merchants [fo. 333, 342] 
relating to grievances they meet with in their trade, being received 
yesterday, was read. 

Their lordships then took into consideration the draught of a 
letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 6th instant, 
relating to a Treaty of Commerce with the Republick of Venice, 
and made a progress therein, and ordered that the Venetian mer- 
chants have notice [Jo. 343] to attend the Board on Tuesday morning 
next. 

The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley [Jo. 339, 342], 
in answer to his of the 20th of the last month relating to the 
Muscovites trading to England in their own ships, was agreed and 
ordered to be transcribed. 



Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Col. 
Hodges, Lieut. -Gov. 
of Mountserrat, re- 
lating to spoils com- 
mitted by the French, 
on Nevis. 
Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges viith a copy 
thereof. 

Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Harley about Mus- 
covites trading in 
their own ships. 

Grievances of the 

Venetian merchants 

considered. 



June 21. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Six Philip 
Meadows, Mr. PoUexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Colonel Hodges, Lieutenant Governor of Mount- 
serrat, dated the 6th of Aprill last, giving an account of the spoils 
committed by the French on the Island of Nevis, was read ; and 
a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges inclosing a copy thereof, was 
signed. 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley [fo. 341, 352], relating to the 
Muscovites trading to England in their own shipping (as agreed 
the last meeting) was signed. 

Their lordships made a further progress [fo. 341, 343] in con- 
sidering the grievances the Venetian merchants lye under in relation 
to their trade at Venice. 



June 25. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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269 



Sir Henry Ashhurst attending [fo. 339], he proposed to their 
lordships the naming of the Councill of the Massachusets Bay 
for Commissioners in the Commission of Review, in the difference 
between the Mohegan Indians and the Government of Connecticut, 
but being desired to put into writing what he had to offer upon 
that affair [fo. 344], he promised to do it accordingly. 

Mr. Wall and Mr. Jamineau attending in behalf of the Venetian 
merchants [fo. 341, 342], their lordships made a further progress 
in considering the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges 
[fo. 346] relating to a treaty of commerce with the Republick of 
Venice. 

June 26. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst presented to their lordships [fo. 343] a list 
of the names of several persons he desired might be inserted in 
the Commission of Review of the difference between the Government 
of Connecticut and the Mohegan Indians, which was read ; and 
he was thereupon acquainted that their lordships, to avoid all 
difference that might happen, thought it most proper not to name 
any of the persons proposed by him as agent of Connecticut or 
by the agent of the said Indians [fo. 340], and that they had there- 
fore agreed to offer the Councill of New Yorke with the 
Lord Cornbury as proper persons in this behalf. 

A representation offering that all the Councill of New Yorke 
with the Lord Cornbury may be Commissioners [fo. 340, 352] in 
the Commission of Review of the difference between the Government 
of Connecticut and the Mohegan Indians, was signed. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated 
the 12th of the last month, giving an account [fo. 348] of what he had 
heard of the proceedings of the French in the Leeward Islands, 
and desiring their lordships' determination upon the Act to provide 
an additional subsistence for her Majesty's officers and soldiers, and 
for other uses, was read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 286, 356] that 
Mr. Attorney General be desired to expedite his opinion upon the 
said Act. 

A letter from Mr. Dummer, dated the 24th instant, giving an 
account of the proceedings of the French in the West Indies, was 
read. 

June 28. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Penn communicated to their lordships a list of the Acts 
lately past by his Deputy Governor in Pennsylvania ; and there- 
upon desired their lordships to signify to the said Deputy Governor 
their satisfaction with the Assembly's having past an Act for the 
support of that Government : whereupon a letter to Mr. John 
Evans, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, was signed accordingly. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 6th 
instant [fo. 343], relating to a treaty of commerce with Venice, 
was signed. 



1706. 

Connecticut. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst 

about Commission of 

Review relating to the 

Mohegan Indians. 



Trade. 

Mr. Wall and 

Jamineau about 

Venetian trade. 

Draught of letter to 

Mr. Secretary Hedges 

relating to a treaty 

of commerce. 



Connecticut. 

Sir Henry Ashhurst 
with list of persons 

he desires may be 
incerted in the Com- 
mission of Review 
relating to the 

Mohegan Indians. 



Representation offer- 
ing the Lord Cornbury 
and the Councill of 
New Yorke to be of 
the said Commission. 

Jamaica. 

Letter from Col. 
Handasyd about 
proceeding of the 
French in the Lee- 
ward Islands, and 
about an Act for 
subsistence of the 
soldiers, dec. 
Letter to Mr. 
Attorney General 
for his opinion on 
the said Act. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 
Dummer about pro- 
ceedings of the French. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Penn with list 

of Acts past in 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter to the 

Deputy Governor 

thereupon. 

Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about treaty of 
commerce with Venice 



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1706. 



St. Christophers. 

Letter from Lieut. - 

Gov. about descent of 

the French. 

Strength of the 

Island. 

Stores. 



Barbados. 

Letter from the 
Governor with copy 
of one to him from 

Lieut. -Gov. of 

Antego about French 

invasion. 

Maryland. 

Letter from Col. 
Seymour. 



Extracts thereof 
to be sent to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges, 
and to the Commis- 
sioners for Prizes. 



Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges, 
with extract of a letter 

from Col. Seymour 
about Irish Papists 



sent to Mr. 
Sollicitor Generall. 



Plantations Generall. 

Order of Councill on 
Butler s petition re- 
lating to consumption 
of woollen manu- 
facture. 



July 1. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Colonel Hamilton, Lieutenant Governor of 
St. Christopher's, of ye 20th of Aprill last, relating to the descent 
of the French on the Island of Nevis, together with an account 
of the present strength of St. Christopher's and of the stores now 
there, were read ; whereupon ordered [fo. 348] that copies of the said 
letter and account of stores be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges to be 
laid before her Majesty. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, dated 
the 7th of Aprill last, inclosing a copy of a letter from 
Colonel Yeamans, Lieutenant Governor of Antigua, containing an 
account of the French invasion of the Leeward Islands, was read ; 
and their lordships thereupon ordered [Jo. 348] that copies thereof 
be likewise sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges for his information. 

A letter from Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland (without 
date), was read [Answer, L. fo. 98] ; whereupon ordered that 
paragraph H, relating to powder and arms, be sent to the Board of 
Ordnance for their information [fo. 349], and that paragraph K, 
relating to the uncertainty of convoys sailing from those parts, 
together with paragraph L, desiring a small vessell to attend that 
government [fo. 349], be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges. And their 
lordships further ordered that paragraph of the aforesaid letter, 
with the proceedings of the Court of Admiralty there relating to 
the prize Ortolant, taken and condemned in that province, be sent 
to the Commissioners of Prizes. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 28th instant, inclosing 
an extract of a letter* from Colonel Seymour to himself, relating 
to the great number of Irish Papists imported into Maryland, 
and to the incouragement given them to settle in that province &c, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said extract 
(being the same as paragraph M in Colonel Seymour's letter to the 
Board) be sent to Mr. Sollicitor General [fo. 374], and that he be 
desired to consider the same, together with the Act to prevent 
the growth of Popery in Maryland (already in his hands), and to give 
their lordships his opinion thereupon, and to send the same with 
the said Act. 

An Order of Councill of the 10th of the last month [fo. 340], on 
the petition of Richard Butler and others upon their proposal 
for an annual consumption of the English woollen manufactures 
in the Plantations, was read ; whereupon ordered [Jo. 350] that 
Mr. Butler be desired to attend the Board on Wednesday morning 
next. 



Jamaica. 

Barbados. 

St. Christophers. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges with letters 
from the Governors. 



July 2. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the letters lately received 
from the Governors of Jamaica, Barbados, and the Lieutenant 
Governor of St. Christopher's [fo. 345, 346, 347], relating to the 
spoils which the French have made in the Leeward Islands, as 
directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

* [In right hand margin. Report on Acts about Popery, fol. 157 1 



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271 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing paragraphs K and L 
of Colonel Seymour's letter relating to convoys and a small ship 
of war for Maryland [fo. 347], as directed in yesterday's minutes, 
was also signed. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance, inclosing paragraph H of 
Colonel Seymour's foresaid letter [fo. 347] relating to stores of war, 
was signed. 

A letter from Sir John Stanley, inclosing an extract of a letter 
from Sir Beville Granville, promising to send over in his next the 
papers relating to Colonel Lillington and Mr. Chilton, was read. 

Two letters from Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of 
Bermuda, dated the 31st of October, 1705, and 11th of March last, 
together with the proceedings against Dr. Star at a Quarter Sessions 
held there the 13th of July, 1704, were read ; and Colonel Bennet 
having in the last of the said letters given an account of the death 
of four of the present Councill of that island, and proposed that 
Captain Thomas Brooks, Captain Thomas Jenner and Colonel John 
Trimmingham be constituted by her Majesty of the said Councill ; 
their lordships gave directions for preparing a representation to 
her Majesty accordingly [vide infra]. 

An Order of Councill of the 26th of the last month upon a petition 
of the merchants and other traders of the city of Bristoll, praying 
that the duty on bottled beer, ale and cyder imported into Jamaica 
from England may be lowered, was read ; and directions given 
for preparing a representation thereupon [vide infra]. 



1706. 

Maryland. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges about convoys. 



Letter to the Board 

of Ordnance about 

stores of war. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Sir John 

Stanley about 

Lillington and Chilton. 

Bermuda. 

Two letters from 
Col. Bennet. 

Four counsellors 

dead. 

New ones proposed. 

Representation to be 

prepared thereon. 



Jamaica. 

Order of Councill 

about lessening the 

duty on bottled beer, 

&c, imported at 

Jamaica. 



July 4. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A representation relating to the duties laid at Jamaica upon 
bottled beer, ale and cyder [vide supra and fo. 360], as directed in 
yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

A representation proposing that Captain Thomas Brooks, 
Captain Thomas Jenner and Colonel John Trimmingham be con- 
stituted of the Councill of Bermuda [vide supra and fo. 367], as 
directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

Mr. Butler, Mr. King and Mr. Ashton attending [fo. 348, 427], 
presented to their lordships a memorial, containing an answer to 
such objections as they suppose may be made to their proposal 
for cloathing servants and slaves in the plantations with linsey- 
woollsey, which was read ; whereupon they were acquainted that 
they would do well to consult and advise with the agents and 
merchants concerned in the plantations, whether that sort of 
cloathing would be well received there, which they promised to 
do and bring their lordships an answer. 

July 5. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, upon occasion of the reduction 
of the town of Ostend to the obedience of the Crown of Spain under 
King Charles the Third, relating to the opening of a trade to the 
Spanish Netherlands and other remoter parts, in case the prohibition 



Jamaica. 

Representation about 

duty on bottled beer, 

dbc. 

Bermuda. 

Representation for 
three new counsellors. 



Plantations General. 

Memorial from Mr. 

Butler, &c, about 

their proposal for 

clothing servants in 

the Plantations with 

linsey woollsey. 



Trade. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges about opening 

a trade to the Spanish 

Netherlands. 



272 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 352-354. 



1706. 



Trade. 

Report from Com- 
missioners of the 
Customes about trade 
to England in Russia 
ships. 

Carolina. 
Bahama Islands. 

Order of Councill on 

Mr. Attorney and 

Mr. Sollicitor OeneraVs 

report relating to 

their charters. 

Bahama Islands. 

Order of Councill on 
representation rela- 
ting to the Bahama 
Islands. 



Connecticut. 

Order of Councill on 
representation rela- 
ting to the 
Mohegan Indiana. 



in Flanders be taken off, as mentioned in an Act of the 11th and 
12th of the late King concerning the same, was signed. 

A report from the Commissioners of the Customes in answer to 
a letter writ to Mr. Lowndes the 24th of May last [Jo. 317, 342], 
upon the extract of a letter from Mr. Whitworth relating to the 
trade to England from Muscovy in Russia ships, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 26th of the last month 
[Jo. 313], upon a report from Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General 
touching the more effectual proceedings against the charters of 
the provinces of Carolina and the Bahama Islands, leaving the 
consideration of the priviledge of peers therein concerned to the 
determination of the House of Lords, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 26th of the last month, upon 
a representation of the 24th of May relating to the Bahama Islands 
[fo. 316, 336], directing that matter to be laid before her Majesty 
by a Secretary of State, in order to receive her Majesty's pleasure 
for taking care of the said Islands, when her Majesty's other affairs 
shall permit, was read. 

An Order of Councill of the 26th of the last month, upon a repre- 
sentation of the same date [fo. 344, 356], relating to a Commission 
of Review of the difference between the Mohegan Indians and the 
government of Connecticut, directing the Board to signify to the 
Lord Cornbury and the rest of the Commissioners, that the said 
Indians be not put to any expence whatsoever in the execution 
of the said Commission in those parts, was read ; and orders given 
[vide infra] for writing to the Lord Cornbury accordingly. 



New Yorke. 
Connecticut. 

Letter to the Lord 

Cornbury about 
Mohegan Indians. 

Pennsylvania. 

Letter from Lord 
Bishop of London 

about an Act of 

Pennsylvania about 

magistrates. 

Letter to Mr. 

Borret thereupon. 



July 8. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to the Lord Cornbury, in pursuance of her Majesty's 
Order in Councill of the 26th of June [fo. 352], mentioned in the 
last minutes, relating to the expediting of the Mohegan affair 
without charge to the Indians in Connecticut, was signed. 

A letter from the Lord Bishop of London, dated the 4th instant 
[fo. 338], relating to an Act lately past in Pennsylvania, intituled, 
An Act directing the qualifications of all magistrates and officers, as 
also the manner of giving evidence, was read ; and thereupon ordered 
[fo. 338, 354] that a letter be writ to Mr. Borret for the expediting 
Mr. Attorney General's opinion upon the said Act, which was sent 
him the 19th of the last month. 



Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Attorney 

OeneraVs report on 

Act about 

■magistrates. 

Resolves thereon. 



July 10. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Attorney General's report upon An Act of Pennsylvania 
[fo. 338, 355, 394,] directing the qualification of all magistrates and 
officers, as also the manner of giving evidence, together with the said 
Act and a letter from the Lord Bishop of London of the 4th instant 
[fo. 353] relating thereunto, were read ; whereupon their lordships 
agreed to lay the same before her Majesty for her disallowance, 
unless Mr. Perm do give their lordships assurance that the 
Assembly of Pennsylvania shall, at their first meeting after the 



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273 



1706. 



receipt of the orders that will be sent the Lieutenant Governor, 
pass an additional Act with the following provisions, vizt. : 

That no judges, justices of the peace &c. shall sit as a Court 
to try any civil or criminal causes whatsoever, unless there 
be always one of the said judges or justices, at least, present, 
who can and will administer an oath to such who by the 
law of England are required to take oathes in the like 
cases. 

That all persons who refuse to take oaths shall be obliged 
to declare that they do it purely upon a consciencious scruple 
before they be admitted to take the affirmation allowed to 
Quakers in England. 

And that the last clause in the said Act, allowing evidence in 
writing, be repealed, or that it be restrained only to civil 
and not criminal causes. 



July 11. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Perm [Jo. 354, 394] to acquaint 
him that the Board desire to speak with him upon the Act past 
at Pennsylvania directing the qualifications of all magistrates and 
officers, as also the manner of giving evidence. 

Mr. Attorney General's report, in answer to a letter writ him 
the 1st of Aprill last \Jo. 262] relating to exportation of wooll cards 
to New England, signifying that there is no law prohibiting the 
same, was read. 

Another report from Mr. Attorney General \Jo. 345] upon an 
Act past at Jamaica the 30th of October, 1705, intituled An Act to 
provide an additional subsistence for her Majesty's officers and 
soldiers, and for other uses, was read ; and directions given [fo. 357] 
for preparing a representation to lay the same before her Majesty, 
and offering that the said Act be repealed. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 26th of June last [fo. 352, 369], 
upon a representation of the same date, proposing that the 
Lord Cornbury and the Councill of New Yorke be appointed Com- 
missioners in the Commission of Review for hearing and determining 
the differences between the Mohegan Indians and the government 
of Connecticut, approving the same, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 26th of June last [fo. 332], 
upon a representation of the 7th of the same month, for confirming 
several Acts past at Barbados, approving the said representation, 
was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 26th of June last [Jo. 332], 
upon a representation of the 7th of the same month, for repealing 
several Acts past in Barbados, approving the same, was read. 

July 12. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation upon an Act past at Jamaica the 30th of October, 
1705 [jo. 356, 358], intituled An Act to provide an additional sub- 
sistence for her Majesty's officers and soldiers and for other uses (as 

Wt. 1G557. S 



Pennsylvania. 
Letter to Mr. Perm. 



New England. 

Mr. Attorney 
General's report about 
exportation of wooll 

cards thither. 

Jamaica. 

Mr. Attorney 

General's report on an 

Act about soldiers. 

Representation to be 

prepared. 



New Yorke. 
Connecticut. 

Order of Councill on 
representation for the 
Lord Cornbury and 
Councill of New Yorke 
to be commissioners 
for hearing the cause 
of the Mohegan-s. 

Barbados. 
Copy of an Order 
of Councill on a repre- 
sentation for con- 
firming Acts. 

Order of Councill on 

representation for 

repealing several Acts. 



Jamaica. 

Draught of repre- 
sentation on an Act 
for subsistence of 
soldiers. 



274 



JOUENAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 357-361. 



1706. 



mentioned in yesterday's minutes), was agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 



Jamaica. 

Representation for 

repealing the Act 

about soldiers' 

subsistence. 

Massachusets. 

Letters from. Col. 
Dudley. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with extract of one 

from Col. Dudley 

about French Indians. 

Ansu'er. 



New Hampshire. 

Laws under con- 
sideration. 

Miscellanies. 

Incidents. 



July 15. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation for repealing the Jamaica Act for providing 
an additional subsistence for her Majesty's soldiers &c. [fo. 357 ; 
L. fo. 7], as agreed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 

A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, 
to the Board, dated the 23rd of Aprill last, and another letter 
from him to the secretary, dated the 6th of May last, were read. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 12th instant, inclosing 
an extract of a letter from Colonel Dudley relating to his having 
driven the French Indians from their settlements, was read ; and 
an answer thereunto immediatly drawn up and signed. 

July 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration the collection of the 
laws in force in New Hampshire in 1702 [fo. 333, 360], and made 
some progress therein. 

The account of the incident charges of this office from Ladyday, 
1706, to Midsummer following, were laid before the Board, and 
are as follows, vizt. : 



Letter to the Lord 
High Treasurer. 

New Yorke.;] 
New Jersey. 

Letter to the Lord 

Cornbury about stores 

of war. 



New Hampshire. 

Laws. 
Report to be drawn. 



Jamaica. 



I. 



■s. 



d. 



11 


5 


8 


22 


9 


4 


89 


15 


6 


33 


19 


8 


157 


10 


2 



The Secretary's account of petty expences 

amounting to 
The Stationer's account, amounting to 
The Postman's account, amounting to 
The account for wood and coals, amounting to 

Amounting in the whole to 

And a letter to the Lord High Treasurer, to desire his lordship's 
orders for payment thereof, was signed. 

A letter to the Lord Combury, Governor of New Yorke, requiring 
him to transmit accounts of remains of stores of war of all sorts, 
and an account of expences and the necessity of such expences of 
ordnance stores ; and advising his lordship to move the Assemblies 
of New Yorke, as well as of New Jersey, to make due provision of 
money for purchasing a supply of the said stores for the defence of 
those provinces, was read. 

July 18. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the laws of New 
Hampshire [fo. 359, 361], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, and 
went through the same, and ordered that a report be prepared for 
repealing several of the said laws [fo. 361]. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 15th instant [fo. 350], upon 
a representation of the 4th ditto, on the petition of the merchants 



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275 



of Bristoll, praying that the duty on bottled beer &c. imported 
into Jamaica, may be lower'd, approving the said representation, 
was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to 
Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica [vide infra] to transmit 
the petition of the said merchants, together with the Order of 
Councill thereupon. 



1706. 

Order of Councill on 
representation about 
duty on bottled beer 
<fcc, imported into 
Jamaica, dbc. 
Letter to Colonel 
Handasyd thereupon. 



July 19. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Prior. 

A letter to Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, transmitting L^tt^ufc'i 

her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 15th instant for lessening the Handasyd about duty 

duty on beer, ale and cyder imported into that island, as mentioned on liquors imported. 
in yesterday's minutes [vide supra], was signed. 

A representation upon the collection of the laws of New Hampshire New Hampshire, 

in New England [fo. 360 ; L. fo. 7] for confirming thirteen and Representation thereon. 
repealing thirteen of the said laws, was agreed and signed. 



July 22. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships took into consideration four private Acts past 
in the Massachusets Bay in 1696, 1697, and 1698 [fo. 363], as also 
the Acts past the 12th of February, 170$, 19th of Aprill, 28th of 
May, 1701, and part of those past the 15th of October, 1702, and 
made some progress therein, and ordered that several of the said 
Acts be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion thereupon 
in point of law, and also that the Act to prevent and make void clan- 
destine and illegal purchases of land from the Indians, be sent to 
Colonel Dudley, to know the reason of the Assembly's making 
this Act, there being such a one before, and to explain the proviso 
in the said Act relating to Martha's Vinyard. Further ordered, 
that the Act for establishing of a Naval Office and for ascertaining 
of the fees, be sent to Mr. Lowndes, for the opinion of the Com- 
missioners of her Majesty's Customes thereon. 

July 23. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blath- 
wayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the Acts of the 
Massachusets Bay from May, 1702, to May, 1705 [fo. 362], and 
went through the same, and gave directions for sending some of 
the said Acts to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion thereupon 
in point of law. 

An account of the ordnance, gunners, stores &c, remaining in 
her Majesty's Plantations in America, according to the several 
accounts sent to the Board of Ordnance by the respective 
Governors, and 

An account of the issues of ordnance &c. in her Majesty's 
Plantations in America, according to the several accounts sent to 
the Board of Ordnance by the respective Governors, were com- 
municated to the Board from the Councill Office. 



Massachusets. 
Acts under con- 
sideration 



to be sent to Mr. 
Attorney General. 



One to Colonel Dudley. 



Another of the said 
Acts to Mr. Lowndes. 



Massachusets. 

Acts. 



Plantations General. 

Account of Ordnance 
stores. 



Account of issues of 
Ordnance stores. 



August 2. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Prior. 



276 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 364-386. 



1706. 
Jamaica. 

Letter from Col. 

Hatulasyd. 

Extract thereof sent 

to Mr. Burchet. 



A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated 
the 18th of June, 1706, was read ; and thereupon ordered that 
paragraph D of the said letter, relating to the advice 
Colonel Handasyd has received of five or six French men-of-war's 
being gone down to the Havana, be sent to Mr. Burchet for the 
information of his Royal Highness the Lord High Admiral's 
Councill. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Merret about new 

attempts of the 

French. 

Bermuda. 

Letter from Col. 
Bennet. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



Account of stores sent 
to Board of Ordnance. 

Letter from Mr. 

Jones with complaints 

against Col. Bennet. 



Papers relating 
thereto. 



August 6. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 

Mr. Prior. 
A letter from Mr. Solomon Merrett to the Secretary of the 
1st instant [fo. 169], relating to some new attempts of the French 
at Ferryland and Port Graves in Newfoundland, and to their being 
repulsed at both places by Captain Lloyd, who has taken several 
Canadians prisoners and carryed them to St. John's, was read. 

A letter from Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, 
dated the 9th of July last, was read ; and the papers therein 
referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 
Account of the fortifications in Bermuda &c. 
Account of the stores of war in the magazines in Bermuda 

which Colonel Bennet found there at his arrival. 
Proceedings of a Court of Admiralty held in Bermuda the 
11th of January, 170f. 
Ordered that a copy of the foresaid account of stores be sent 
to the Board of Ordnance [fo. 369] for their information. 

A letter from Mr. Jones, secretary and provost marshall of 
Bermuda, to the Board, complaining of Colonel Bennet's adminis- 
tration, together with several papers relating thereunto, dated 
the 20th of June last, was read ; and the papers referr'd to therein 
laid before the Board, and are as follow : 

Copy of a commission granted by Colonel Bennet to 
Mr. Spofforth &c. to be Chief Justice of Bermuda, dated 
the 17th of May, 1705. 
Copy of a commission granted by Colonel Bennet to Mr. White 
&c. to be Chief Justice of Bermuda, dated the 16th of May, 
1706. Also copy of the adjournments of the Courts of 
Assizes. 
Copy of a patent granted by Colonel Bennet to Samuel Skinner 
for a parcel of land to him and his heirs, dated the 29th of 
May, 1706. 
List of commissions granted by Colonel Bennet since his 

arrival in Bermuda to the 29th of December, 1704. 
Copy of Mr. Jones's writ of error on an indictment of perjury, 

dated 25th May, 1706. 
Copy of Mr. Jones's petition to Colonel Bennet for her Majesty's 

writ of error out of the Court of Chancery in Bermuda. 
Copy of the Order of the Quarter Sessions for committing 
Dr. Star if he could not give 500?. security for ill words 
spoken by him. Dated 12th July, 1705. 
Copy of a lease of land granted by Mr. Day, late Lieutenant 
Governor of Bermuda, to Mr. White ; dated the 25th of 
Aprill, 1699. 



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A letter from Mr. Gilbert Nelson, complaining of some indecencies 
in the Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda and three of the members 
of the Councill there, dated the 13th of June last, was read. 

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 15th of July last \Jo. 350], 
upon a representation of the 4th ditto, proposing Captain Brooks, 
Captain Jenner and Colonel Trimingham to be of the Councill of 
Bermuda, approving the same, was read. 



1706. 
Bermuda. 

Letter from Mr. 

Nelson against Col. 

Bennet. 

Copy of an order of 
Councill approving 
a representation for 
three new counsellors. 



August 8. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 

Mr. Prior. 
A letter from Mr. John Nelson to the secretary, dated at Boston 
the 11th of February, 170f, inclosing the case of Colonel Dudley, 
Governor of the Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, and desiring 
that the said Colonel may be continued in the Government of those 
provinces, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Abbot, President of the Councill of Nevis, 
giving an account of the descent of the French on that island, and 
the ill usage the inhabitants have met with from Monsieur D'Iberville, 
dated the 3rd June last, was read, and the papers therein referr'd 
to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

Account of the taking of Nevis by Monsieur D'Iberville. His 

breach of the treaty and barbarity to the inhabitants. 
Cop} 7 of a petition from the inhabitants of Nevis to her Majesty, 
praying her protection against the French. 
Whereupon ordered that Colonel Jory have notice to attend the 
Board on Tuesday morning next {vide ivfra). 

A letter from Mr. Dummer of the 1st instant, with an account of 
the proceedings out and home of the Jamaica packet-boat, was 
read. 



New England. 

Letter from Mr. 
Nelson in favour of 
Col. Dudley. 



Nevis. 

Letter from Mr. 
Abbot about descent 
of the French. 



Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



Col. Jory summon'd. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from Air. 
Dummer. 



August 13, Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Prior. 

Colonel Jory attending [vide supra), with Colonel Smith, one 
of the Councill of Nevis and latehy arrived from thence 
communicated to their lordships a petition from the inhabitants 
of Nevis to her Majesty, praying for her protection of them against 
the French (the copy whereof was mentioned in the last minutes), 
together with several other papers relating to the French breaking 
the articles of capitulation made with the inhabitants of Nevis, 
and to their barbarous usage of them, which was read ; whereupon 
these gentlemen were advised to draw up in writing what they had 
to propose for the benefit of the said inhabitants, and to deliver the 
same, as also the forementioned papers, to Mr. Secretary Hedges, 
in order to be presented to her Majesty, which they promised to 
do accordingly. 

A letter to the Board of Ordnance, inclosing the account of 
stores of war received from Colonel Bennet, and mentioned in 
the minutes of the 6th instant [fo. 365], was signed. 



August 1 5. Present 
Mr. Prior. 



-Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 



Nevis. 

Col. Jory and Mr. 
Smith at the Board 
with a petition from 
the inhabitants pray- 
ing her Majesty's 
protection, ttc. 



Bermuda. 

Letter to the Board 

of Ordnance with 

account of stores. 



278 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 369-372. 



1706. 
New Yorke. 
Connecticut. 

Letter from Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 
for preparing a war- 
rant to draw Commis- 
sion of Review about 
Mohegan Indians, 
&c. 
Letter to Mr. 
Attorney Oeneral 
thereupon. 



New England. 

Capt. Povey at the 

Board with broken 

seal of New 

Hampshire. 

Account of state of 

defence of 

Massachusets Bay. 



Antego. 

Letter from Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

with memorial from 

Mr. Cary about 

cannon. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Sir 

Beville Granville. 

Papers therein 
referred to. 



Letter to be prepared 

to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges upon the 

foregoing petition. 



A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 12th instant [fo. 356] 
desiring the Board to prepare a warrant for her Majesty's Royal 
signature for drawing up a Commission of Review [L. fo. 50] for 
hearing and determining the differences between the Mohegan 
Indians and the Government of Connecticut, pursuant to an order 
of the 26th of June last (and mentioned in the minutes of the 11th of 
the last month), was read ; and thereupon ordered that a letter 
be writ to Mr. Attorny General, inclosing a copy of the former 
commission relating to that matter, together with the proceedings 
had thereupon in Connecticut, as also a list of Commissioners' 
names to be inserted in the Commission of Review, for drawing 
up the said commission accordingly. 

August 27. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, 
Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior. 

Captain Povey, Lieutenant Governor of the Massachusets Bay, 
lately arrived from thence, attending, presented to their lordships 
the broken seal of the province of New Hampshire ; and being 
ask'd in what condition be left the province of the Massachusets 
Bay in relation to the state of defence, he said that there was a 
very good fort and battery finished on Castle Island in the entrance 
of the harbour of Boston, but that the Government there did not 
aUow men enough to defend it in case it were attacked by the 
enemy — that though their militia was numerous, consisting of 
11 or 12,000 men (six troops of horse and two regiments of dragoons 
included), yet there was not any in the province capable of drawing 
them up, or of teaching them the ordinary discipline of war, and 
that they were so negligent in their keeping of their arms that there 
was scarce 1,000 good ones in the province. 

August 29. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Prior. 
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 24th instant, inclosing 
a memorial from Mr. Cary [fo. 373], in behalf of the inhabitants of 
Antego, praying that they may have 40 or 50 cannon &c. sent 
over for the defence of the said island, was read. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, dated 
the 28th of June last, was read, and the papers therein referr'd 
to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

List of persons' names recommended by Sir Beville Granville 

to be of the Councill of Barbados. 
A petition from the Councill and General Assembly of Barbados 
to Sir Beville Granville, praying that he will represent the 
disadvantages they labour under in relation to trade, 
particularly in that of sugar, to her Majesty for a redress 
thereof. 
Naval officers' list of ships entred and cleared in Barbados 
from the 25th of December, 1705, to the 24th of March 
following. 
Whereupon ordered that the secretary prepare a draught of a 
letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 374], for laving before her Majesty 
the abovesaid petition. 



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279 



1706. 
Some Blackwell-Hall factors attending, presented to the Board Ireland, 

a memorial setting forth the ill consequences that will attend ^oTlmtiiJwoM 
the sending of wooll and woollen yarn from the southern coast of & c ., from Ireland' 
Ireland into France, and praying a stop may be put to the said t° France. 

pernicious practices ; and the gentlemen were acquainted that 
orders were already given by the Lord High Treasurer and the Duke 
of Ormond to the Commissioners of the Revenue in that kingdom, 
so that, if they thought anything yet wanting they might make 
application to the said Commissioners, who will do what is necessary 
in that behalf ; with which answer those gentlemen went away 
satisfyed. 



August 30. Present : — Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 

Mr. Prior. 
Letters to Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, and to 
Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, were signed. 



Barbados. 
Bermuda. 

Letters to the 

Governors. 

Antego. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 



A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 24th 
instant [Jo. 371], relating to cannon for the island of Antego, 
proposing that matter may be referr'd to the principal officers of c ges a ou cannon 
her Majesty's Ordnance, was signed. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the petition of the 
Councill and Assembly of Barbados, to Sir Beville Granville [fo. 372], 
as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges with the 

Assembly's petition. 



September 17. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 5th instant, desiring 
that the Lord Baltemore's charter may be sent to Mr. Attorney 
General [Jo. 348] to inable him to give his opinion upon the extract 
of a letter from Colonel Seymour relating to the force of the English 
statutes in Maryland, was read, and the said charter sent to 
Mr. Attorney General accordingly. 

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated 
the 2nd of the last month, together with an address from 
Colonel Handasyd and the Councill of that island to her Majesty ^n 
the success of her arms &c, were read ; and thereupon ordered 
[fo. 377] that a copy of the said letter and address be sent to 
Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

Another letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, 
dated the 6th of the last month, inclosing the copy of a letter from 
Mr. Glover to Mr. Brown, late agent for prizes in that island, wherein 
there seems to be a design of defrauding her Majesty &c, were 
read ; whereupon ordered [fo. 377] that paragraphs A, C, G, H, I, 
K of Colonel Handasyd 's letter, together with a copy of the letter 
from Mr. Glover, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

Two letters from Colonel Parke, Governor of the Leeward Islands, 
dated the 9th and 1 5th of July, were read ; and the papers therein 
referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt. : 

Copy of Colonel Park's and the Councill of Antigua's opinion 
about the staying of the Sheerness to attend the service of 



Maryland. 

Letter /rum Mr. 

Secretary Hedges 

desiring the Lord 

Baltemore's patent 

be sent to 
Attorney General, 

Jamaica. 

Letter from Col. 

Handasyd with an 

address to her 

Majesty. 



Another Utter from 

Col. Handasyd. 

Extracts thereof to be 

sent to Mr. 

Secretary Hedges. 



Leeward Islands. 

Two letters from 
Col. Park. 

Papers therein 
referr'd to. 



280 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 375-37*. 



1706. 



Copy of the last letter 
to be sent to Mr. 
Secretary Hedges. 

Leeward Islands. 

Letter from Col. 

Johnson. 

Extract thereof to be 

sent Mr. Secretary 

Hedges. 

Barbados. 

Letter from Sir B. 

Granville. 

Act about paper 

credit. 



Second letter from 
him. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Dummer. 

Paclcet-boats. 



the Leeward Islands, notwithstanding Commadore Kerr's 
order to the contrary, dated 14th July, 1706. 
Copy of Colonel Parke's letter to Commadore Kerr, offering 
his and the Councill's opinion about the staying of the 
Sheerness to attend the service of the Leeward Islands. 

Whereupon ordered that a copy of the last of the said letters be 

sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 377]. 

A letter from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of Nevis, 

dated at Antego the of July last, was read, and directions 

given [fo. 377] for sending paragraphs B and D of the said letter 
to Mr. Secretary Hedges. 

A letter from Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, dated 
the 1st of July last, was read ; and an Act [fo. 377] intituled, An 
Act to supply the want of cash and to establish a method of credit for 
persons having real estates in this island, past at Barbados the 
18th of June last, transmitted with the said letter, was laid before 
the Board. 

Another letter from Sir Beville Granville, dated the 10th of July 
last, was read. 

A letter from Mr. Dummer, of yesterday's date, giving an account 
of the sailing of the King William and Faulkland packet-boats 
to and from the West Indies, was read. 



Jamaica. 
Leeward Islands. 

Letter to Mr. Secretary 

Hedges with extract 

of letters from the 

Governors. 

Barbados. 

Act about cash under 
consideration. 



Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Jamaica. 

Letters to the 

Governors. 

Barbados. 

Merchants for copy 

of an Act to supply 

the want of cash, &c. 



September 20. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip 
Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen. 

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [Jo. 375, 376], inclosing the 
extracts of several letters from her Majesty's Governors in the 
West Indies (as mentioned in yesterday's minutes), was signed. 



Their lordships took into consideration the Barbados Act 
mentioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 376, 378] to supply the want 
of cash and to establish a method of credit for persons having real 
estates &c, and gave directions that a copy thereof be made for 
their further observations thereupon. 

September 24. Present : — Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows. 
Mr. Pollexfen. 

The draughts of letters to the Governors of Barbados, the Leeward 
Islands and Jamaica [fo. 378], were agreed and ordered to be 
transcribed. 

Mr. Bates with several Barbados merchants attending, and 
alledging that the Act intituled An Act to supply the want of cash 
and to establish a method of credit for persons having real estates in 
this island [fo. 377, 380], lately transmitted by Sir Beville Granville 
(and mentioned in the minutes of the 17th instant), was destructive 
of trade and injurious to the property of her Majesty's subjects 
trading to that island, and desiring that they might have a copy 
thereof in order to make their objections thereunto ; ordered that a 
copy thereof be given them accordingly. 



K. 878-381.] FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



281 



September 26. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The letters to her Majesty's Governors of Barbados, the Leeward 
Islands and Jamaica [Jo. 377], agreed at the last meeting, were 
signed. 

October 1. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 26th of the last month 
[fo. 386], directing a commission and instructions to be prepared for 
Mitford Crow, esqr., to be Governor of Barbados in the room of 
Sir Beville Granville recalled, was read ; and the draught of a 
commission being laid before the Board, was agreed, and a repre- 
sentation signed [fo. 387] for presenting the same to her Majesty. 

Mr. Bernard and Mr. Lillington attending, and desiring a copy 
of Sir Beville Granville and the Councill of Barbados's order of the 
1st of May, 1705, for appointing Edward Burk, esqr., judge of the 
ensuing Court of Oyer and Terminer to be held on the second 
Tuesday in June, 1705, — copy of the like order of the 4th of June, 
1705, appointing the Councill themselves judges of the said Court, — 
copy of the like order of the 20th of July, 1705, for discharging 
Mr. Chilton out of the custody of the provost marshal! ; ordered 
that copies of the said papers be given them accordingly. 

Mr. Tryon, agent for Mr. Alexander Skene, secretary of Barbados, 
presented to their lordships an answer from the said Skene to the 
several complaints exhibited against him [fo. 318], which was read ; 
and their lordships resolved to take the same into further con- 
sideration at their next meeting [fo. 385]. 

October 3. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the Act of Barbados 
[Jo. 378] about establishing a paper credit in that island (mentioned 
in the minutes of the 24th of the last month) and made several 
observations thereupon ; and ordered that a letter be writ to the 
Royal African Company [fo. 381] to desire some of the members 
thereof to attend their lordships upon the said Act on Tuesday 
morning next, as also another letter [jo. 381] to the Barbados 
merchants to the same purpose. 

October 8. Present : — Lord Bishop of London, Mr. Cecill, Sir 
Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from Mr. Taylor of the 2nd instant [fo. 383] referring 
to the Board, by order of the Lord High Treasurer, a report from 
the Comptrollers of the accounts of the army upon Captain Moody's 
petition relating to his subsisting the garrison at Newfoundland, 
was read. 

A petition from Captain Moody to the Board upon the same 
subject [fo. 383], was read. 

A letter from Mr. Thurston, agent for the said garrison at 
Newfoundland, upon occasion of the foresaid reference, was also 
read ; and thereupon ordered [fo. 383] that Captain Moody have 



1706. 



Barbados. 

Leeward Islands. 

Jamaica. 

Letters to the 

Governors. 



Barbados. 

Letter from, Mr. 
Secretary Hedges 

for a commission 

and instructions to be 

prepared for Mr. 

Crow to be Governor 

of Barbados. 
Mr. Bernard, &c, 
desiring copies of 
orders made by Sir 

Beville Granville 

and the Council. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Skene's answer 

to complaints against 

him. 



Barbados. 

Act about paper credit 
under consideration. 
Observations thereon. 

African Company and 

Barbados merchants 

summon d. 



Newfoundland. 

Letter from Mr. 

Taylor about Capt. 

Moody's subsisting 

the garrison, &c. 

Capt. Moody's peti- 
tion. 

Letter from Mr. 

Thurston therepon. 

Capt. Moody 

summon'd. 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 881-386. 



1706. 

notice to attend the Board with his accounts and vouchers there- 
unto, on Thursday morning next. 
Barbados. f^g Barbados merchants and the African Company not attending 

Company^ummon'd 1 \J°- 380, 382], as expected, in relation to the Barbados Act for 
about Act for a paper supplying the want of cash ; order'd that they both have notice 
credit. to a ttend their lordships on Thursday morning next. 



Barbados. 

Memorial from the 

African Company 

against the Act for 

paper credit. 

Draught of repre- 
sentation on the said 
Act. 



October 10. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Perry, Secretary of the Royal African Company, presented 
to the Board a memorial from the said Company [fo. 381] containing 
their objections against An Act lately past in Barbados to supply 
the want of cash &c, which was read. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a repre- 
sentation upon the above mentioned Act [Jo. 383], and made a 
progress therein. 



Barbados. 

Memorial from 

several merchants 

against the Act 

relating to a method 

of credit, die. 

Newfoundland. 

Reference from Lord 
Treasurer on Capt. 
Moody's accounts 

considered. 
Mr. Thurston, &c, 
to attend. 



Barbados. 

Representation on 

Act about paper 

credit. 



Barbados. 

Representation for 
repealing the Act 
about paper credit 
sent Mr. Secretary 
Hedges. 

Newfoundland. 

Capt. Moody and 
Mr. Thurston about 

the reference on 

Moody's accounts. 

Answer to be 

prepared. 



October 15. Present : — Mr. Cecil, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Several of the Barbados merchants attending, presented to the 
Board a memorial [fo. 381] containing their objections to the 
Barbados Act for establishing a method of credit there, which was 
read ; and their lordships then made a further progress in the 
draught of a representation upon the said Act [fo. 382 and infra]. 

Their lordships took consideration the reference from the Lord 
High Treasurer upon Captain Moody's accounts [Jo. 381], and order'd 
that he and Mr. Thurston have notice to attend the Board on 
Thursday morning next [fo. 384]. 

October 16. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

The draught of a, representation upon the late Act of Barbados 
for establishing a method of credit there [vide supra and fo. 384], was 
agreed and ordered to be transcribed. 

October 1 7. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A representation for repealing the Act lately past at Barbados 
[fo. 383, 385], intituled An Act to supply the want of cash &c, together 
with a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, were 
signed. 

Captain Moody and Mr. Thurston attending, according to order 
[fo. 383], their lordships took into further consideration the papers 
referr'd to them from my Lord Treasurer relating to the said 
Moody's accounts, and gave directions for preparing a letter to 
Mr. Taylor [fo. 385], to be laid before my Lord Treasurer with their 
opinion thereupon. 

October 21. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



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FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS. 



283 



The draught of a letter from, the Secretary to Mr. Taylor [fo. 384], 
in answer to his of the second instant relating to Captain Moody's 
accounts, was laid before the Board, and agreed and ordered to 
be sent. 

Their lordships then took into consideration Mr. Skene's answer to 
the complaints against him [fo. 380, 398], with the several papers 
relating thereto, and made a progress therein. 

October 22nd. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

An Order of Councill of the 21st instant, upon a representation 
of the 17th ditto [Jo. 384, 386] for repealing the Act lately past at 
Barbados, intituled An Act to establish a method of credit &c, 
approving the same, was read. 

A second Order of Councill of the same date upon the same 
representation [fo. 384], directing this Board to prepare the draught 
of a circular letter for her Majesty's signature [fo. 387] to the several 
Governors in the Plantations, to forbid them to pass any Acts of 
the like importance as the foregoing without first having received 
her Majesty's pleasure thereon, was read. 

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of instructions 
for Mr. Crow for the Government of Barbados [fo. 379 and infra] 
and made some progress therein. 

October 23. Present :— Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. 
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the draught of 
Mr. Crow's instructions for the Government of Barbados [vide supra 
and fo. 387], and made a further progress therein. 

October 24. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 

Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 
Their lordships went through the consideration of the instructions 
for Mr. Crow for the Government of Barbados [fo. 386, 391]. 

The Order in Councill of the 21st instant [fo. 386], upon a repre- 
sentation of the 17th ditto relating to the Act lately past at Barbados 
for establishing a method of credit [fo. 388] and directing the Board 
to prepare the draught of a circular letter for her Majesty's signature 
to the several Governors in America, requiring them not to pass 
any Acts in their respective General Assemblies of the like unusual 
and extraordinary nature and importance, without first having 
received her Majesty's directions therein, was again read ; and 
directions given [fo. 389] for preparing the draught of such a letter 
accordingly. 

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 21st upon a representation 
of the 1st instant [fo. 379], approving the draught of a com- 
mission for Mr. Crow to be Governor of Barbados, was read. 

October 25th. Present :— Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, 
Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 



1706. 
Newfoundland. 

Letter to Mr. 

Taylor on the 

reference about 

Capt. Moody's 

Accounts. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Skene's answer 

to complaints against 

him considered. 



Barbados. 

Order of Council on 

representation for 

repealing the Act 

about paper credit, &c 

Barbados. 
Plantations General. 

Order of Council 
directing a circular 
letter to be prepared 
for the Queen's sig- 
nature about passing 
Acts of extraordinary 
importance, &c. 
Barbados. 
Mr. Crow's instruc- 
tions considered. 



Barbados. 

Instructions for Mr. 

Crow under 

consideration. 



Barbados. 

Instructions for 

Mr. Crow. 

Barbados. 

Plantations General. 

Order of Council 

about circular Utters 

against passing Acts 

of extraordinary 

importance considered. 



Draught of such a 
letter to be prepared. 

Barbados. 

Copy of an Order of 
Council approving 
the draught of Mr. 
Crow's commission. 



284 



JOURNAL OF THE COMMISSIONERS [K. 388-391. 



1706. 
Barbados. 

Draught of instruc- 
tion to Mr. Crow 
upon the Act for 
-paper credit. 



The draught of an instruction for Mr. Crow upon the Act lately 
passed in Barbados for establishing a method of credit in that 
island &c. [fo. 387, vide infra], pursuant to an Order of Councill 
mentioned in the minutes of the 24th instant, was laid before the 
Board. 



Barbados. 

Draught of instruc- 
tion to Mr. Crow 
upon the Act for a 
paper credit con- 
sidered. 

Barbados. 
Plantations General. 

Draught of a circular 

letter about unusual 

Acts agreed. 

Barbados. 

Mr. Crow summoned. 



Copy of Mr. Crow's 
instructions relating 
to prizes sent to the 
Commissioners for 
Prizes. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Crow at the 
Board about diffi- 
culties on his 
instructions. 
Mr. Patrick Meine 
to attend about his 
return to Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. 
Burchet about a com- 
mission of Vice 
Admiralty for Mr. 
Crow. 



Barbados. 

Mr. Crow at the Board 

and a clause added to 

his instructions about 

inhabitants of St. 

Vincents. 

Mr. Meine at the 

Board about his 
return to Barbados. 



October 28. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen. 

Their lordships again took into consideration the draught of an 
instruction to Mitford Crow, esqr. [vide supra and fo. 392] relating 
to the Act past in Barbados to establish a method of credit &c. 
in that island (mentioned in the minutes of the 25th instant), and 
made a further progress therein. 

Their lordships also took into consideration the draught of a 
circular letter to the Governors of her Majesty's several Plantations 
to the like effect as the foregoing instruction [fo. 387, 392], and 
agreed the same. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Crow [infra] to acquaint 
him the Board desire to speak with him on Wednesday morning 
next. 

Further ordered that a copy of Mr. Crow's instructions relating 
to prizes in Barbados be sent to the Commissioners for Prizes, 
according to their desire. 

October 30. Present :— Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, 
Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Crow attending [supra and fo. 390], their lordships explained 
to him several difficulties which he had upon the draught of his 
instructions for the government of Barbados ; and ordered that 
Mr. Patrick Meine, one of the Councill of Barbados, have notice 
to attend the Board to-morrow morning [vide infra], in order to 
know of him when he intends to return to his post in that island ; 
and further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet, to desire 
him to move his Royal Highness the Lord High Admiral that 
Mr. Crow may have a commission of Vice Admiralty, as usual. 

October 31. Present. Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Mr. Crow attending [fo. 389], their lordships added a clause to his 
instructions [fo. 391], relating to his giving incouragement to the 
native inhabitants of St. Vincent's, to submit themselves to her 
Majesty and shake off all dependence on the French. 

Mr. Patrick Meine, one of the Councill of Barbados, attending 
[vide supra], and being ask'd whether he designed to return to his 
post in that island, he said he did, and only waited for a deter- 
mination of a suit in Chancery. But he was acquainted that having 
been now above two years in England, it was necessary that he either 
return very speedily to Barbados, or that his place in the Councill 
be filled up by another person ; whereupon he desired their lordships 
to allow him six months longer to finish his business here, at the 



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285 



expiration of which term he would either go to Barbados, or be 
content to have another put in his place. 

Ordered that the instructions for Mr. Crow [fo. 387, 390, 392] 
be transcribed, leaving a blank for the names of the Councill, which 
their lordships will further consider of. 

A letter from Mr. Dummer of yesterday's date, about the sailing 
of the Prince George packet-boat to and from the West Indies. 

November 1. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Patrick Meine[/o. 395], desiring 
him to give the Board in writing a particular account how the 
Councill of Barbados managed the government of that island 
during the presidentship of Mr. Bond and Mr. Farmer, as also how 
they behaved themselves with respect to elections of Assembly men, 
during their administration. 

The draught of a letter upon occasion of the late Act for 
establishing a method of credit &c. to the Governor of Barbados 
[fo. 388], as also the draught of circular letters [Jo. 389, 396] for 
her Majesty's Royal signature to aU the other Governors in America 
under her Majesty's immediate Government, directing them 
not to pass any Acts of an extraordinary and unusual nature and 
importance, without having first received her Majesty's pleasure 
thereupon, or that the execution of such Acts be suspended till 
her Majesty's pleasure be known, were agreed ; and a letter 
inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was signed. 

A clause was added to the instructions for Mr. Crow [fo. 388, 
391, 393] to the same purpose as the forementioned letter to 
Barbados. 

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burnaby, secretary to the 
Commissioners for Prizes [fo. 393], desiring that the Board may 
have the opinion of the said Commissioners upon that clause of 
Mr. Crow's instructions relating to prizes, which was sent him 
the 30th of the last month. 



1706. 



Mr. Crow's instruc- 
tions to be transcribed, 
with a blank for 
counsellors'' names. 

Plantations General. 

Letter from Mr. 

Dummer about sailing 

of his 'packet-boat. 



Barbados. 

Letter to Mr. Meine 
for account how the 

government was 
managed during the 
presidentship of Mr. 

Bond and Mr. 

Farmer, and how they 

behaved themselves 

about elections. 

Barbados. 
Plantations General. 

Draught of a letter 
to the Governor, and 

of circular letter 
about passing Acts of 
extraordinary nature, 
agreed, and inclosed 

to Mr. Secretary 
Hedges. 



Barbados. 

Clause added to Mr. 

Crow's instructions 

about the Act for 

paper credit. 

Letter to Mr. 

Burnaby for the 

opinion of the 
Commissioners of 
Prizes on the clause 
of Mr. Crow's in- 
structions about prizes'. 



November 4. Present : — Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. 
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior. 

A letter from the Commissioners of Prizes, in answer to one 
writ them the 30th of the last month [fo. 392], with a clause of Mr. 
Crow's instructions relating to prizes, approving the said clause [fo. 
407], and desiring the Board would add to the instructions of all 
Governors, that the officers of the Admiralty in the Plantations be 
not permitted to take larger fees for condemning a prize there than 
is taken in England, which amounts in all to 12?. 10s. 0d., as by 
the inclosed list, was read ; and thereupon ordered that the said 
list be sent back to the Commissioners of Prizes [fo. 405], with the 
desire of the Board that it may be signed authentickly, in order 
to their lordships making the addition desired accordingly. 



Plantations General. 
Barbados. 

Letter from the 

Commissioners of 

Prizes appr